MZUZU--Malawi’s first and only professional netball export to Australia Mwawi Kumwenda is enjoying her game at Peninsula Waves where she is bagging baskets for her side like nobody’s business, but the tall player has gone a step further in her pursuit to make herself useful even after she retires from active playing—she has taken up coaching!
But it’s not like the player wants to diversify into coaching soon although she said it is good to make hay while the sun shines as the qualification would prove vital in future when she reaches the twilight of her playing career.
“My colleagues encouraged me to attend the course so that I can have a better understanding of the game,” she said, adding that she was delighted she had passed it at first go.
Mwawi told a local radio station from Australia that she has been taking coaching lessons for the past three weeks and has since passed a level one coaching course which makes her eligible to coach teams between Under-12 and 17 in Australia.
According to the radio station, Mwawi also plans to undergo an umpiring course so she can widen her horizon on the game of netball.
Of late, the Malawian netball star has proved a giant asset to the Peninsula Waves side where she has scored a little more than 90 percent of the baskets in their unbeaten four-game run since the Victorian Netball League Championship Division season kicked off in February.
They began with a gripping 53-51 win over the Geelong Cougars at Patterson River Secondary College on February 26 and three days later, the Waves dispatched VU Western Lightning 57-45 at the State Netball Centre to climb to third spot before deflating UB Ballarat Pride 68-45 with Mwawi winning the matches single-handedly by scoring the biggest number of baskets.
Last week the Waves were at it again when they beat Baroondara Genesis 47-32.
Coach Robynn Pym talks highly of her side, saying: “We’re starting to get some great results.”
According to the Morning Peninsula Leader Pym said the Waves were razor-sharp against the Lightning and “everything they did just worked for them”. “They just kept on running the ball and our accuracy was up to 90, so I’m really happy with that.”
She paid special tribute to Mwawi, who scored 37 goals from 42 attempts in the match against VU Western Lightning. She has since steered the Waves to the top of the league table with 16 points from four games so far played.
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