By Leyman Publications
One of Malawi’s pioneer netball player to play international netball in Europe, Lauren Ngwira, has already setting pace on marking what Malawian players are made of. She was named ‘Player of the Match’ in a recent must win game that her team, Team Northumbria which they won against UWS Sirens by 47 to 42 baskets on Monday the 7th May.
Observers have already started taking that these early soldiers playing professional netball abroad in elite leagues; Mwayi Kumwenda for Melbourne Vixens in Australia, Joyce Mvula for Manchester Thunder in the UK and now Lauren Ngwira for Team Northumbria in the UK, are opening wide doors for other hard working netballers to follow. Not forgetting at the top Africa’s only expatriate coach in the UK, in the name of Mary Waya who is imparting her skills seriously at Benecos Mavericks Netball team of the UK National Vitality Super-league. In fact most people see more than ten players playing outside Malawi probably Europe by next year, if momentum in the game’s development is nationally maintained.
It should excite most well Lauren a Defender, Goalkeeper in the game could surpass all team mates in putting up a spirited performance to befittingly be accorded the honour as Player of the Match in their game last Monday. Usually it is the shooters that are easily recognisable and central players. This shows how prestigious this decoration on Lauren Ngwira was on the day apart from the team’s need to win the game at all cost. This win by Team Northumbria has given them some hope of edging towards the play-offs slots in the UK Vitality Netball Super-league now in the second phase. Ironically Lauren joined the team just recently playing only one game for the first round of the league which means her impact for this second round just started is much welcomed by the team’s coach.
Talking to Leyman Publications about the 7th May Player of the Match accolade, Lauren Ngwira said,
Well this is a great season, being Player of the Match is pretty good because our Super-league is very competitive.
Meanwhile another historical day is coming on this Saturday, 12th May 2018 as Lauren’s Team Northumbria hosts Joyce Mvula’s Manchester Thumber at their backyard in what promises to be a tete-a-tete (head to head) encounter between the two Malawians netballers meeting for the first time abroad whilst playing internationally for two different teams. Head to head as Joyce being a shooter will obviously be man-marked by Lauren Goalkeeper.
As for the future, Netball for Malawi still appears to be the very best thing to have come of the country and it is worthy taking advantage as we develop other areas of the nation’s sectors. Malawi’s position number one in Africa on netball and position six for the whole world is no mean achievement.