Malawi National Netball Team, the Queens Star Takondwa Lwazi has joined Manchester Thunder for the fast five games scheduled for next month.
The 27-year old Malawi Police Sergeant will link up with fellow Malawi stars Joyce Mvula and Lauren Ngwira, who have just signed for Thunder’s 2020 Super league campaign, as one of the two All-Stars who join the Thunder squad exclusively for the Championship at the Copper Box on 12 October.
Manchester Thunder Director of Netball Karen Greig confirmed the development in a statement posted on the team’s official website. He said the team was impressed with Lwazi’s performance during recent competitions.
“I’m super excited to have her on board for Fast5. Having watched her play in recent years during the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Fast5 World Series.
“I am sure she will be a great fit for us for the competition. She is fast and often appears from nowhere on court, while her connection with Joyce will be key to opening up defences,” said Greig
On her part Lwazi said: “I can’t wait to come to the UK with Joyce and Lauren and join up with the Thunder squad to prepare for Fast5. It’s going to be so exciting to team up with the Super league Champions, play at the Copper Box in London and meet some of the amazing Thunder fans.”
Lwazi, known to friends and supporters as Bonzo, was influential in centre court for the Malawi Queens at the Netball World Cup this summer in Liverpool and has been part of her country’s squad for some time, including at last year’s Commonwealth Games.
Eight teams from the Super league will do battle in 12-minute matches with Thunder, the Vitality Netball Super league Champions, looking to improve on disappointing finishes in the first two years of the event.