Malawi Queens technical panel has demanded blackout on the team’s training games’ updates in Durban, South Africa.
A source confided in The Nation that some members of the panel were bitter that a Netball Association of Malawi official updated the local media on their opening game against South Africa’s Spar Proteas which the Queens lost 93-48.
The source said the official was confronted by the technical panel, leading to a blackout in yesterday’s match against England’s Vitality Roses.
Malawi National Council of Sports described the blackout as strange and unfortunate.
In an interview, the council’s spokesperson Edgar Ntulumbwa said: “The trip was funded by public resources and even if they are training games, Malawians have the right to know the results because it’s part of the preparations.”
Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa yesterday claimed in a WhatsApp media netball forum that it was agreed with England prior to the match not to disclose the results of the game, since it was a training match.
“This is what was agreed,” she said.
Ironically, both South Africa and England did not post updates on their official social media platforms about the results.
Malawi faces South Africa this Saturday in their last training game in the Rainbow Nation.