The Journey Of Mwawi Kumwenda, Netball Icon!!

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February 12, 2017 by Thumbiko Nyirongo

Mwawi Kumwenda, the first Malawian professional netball player was born on September 27th in the year of Our Lord 1989 at Chitezi Village in the Area of Traditional Authority (T.A) Mtwalo in Mzimba district.


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The Malawi national netball team shooter, Kumwenda went to Saint Paul’s Primary School in Mzimba District and she did her Secondary education at Pwezi Girls and Eagles Foundation Secondary schools respectively.

“Education is important in every aspect of life……,” Kumwenda once said in one of the interviews with local press.

According to online source, the former Escom Sisters star Kumwenda was originally noticed at the 2009 Netball World Youth Cup, where she was one of Malawi’s most prolific shooters. She drew the attention of Peninsula Waves Maxine Wauchope and Tactix coach Leigh Gibbs.

Kumwenda was later noticed again at the senior International netball 2010 World Netball Series. She played in the 2011 Netball World Championships, where Malawi netball team, the queens finished sixth.

She also played in the 2011 World Netball Series where during a game against Australia, she and Mary Waya scored three consecutive 4 pointers in the last quarter to snatch a historic draw.

She played in the 2012 Fast5 Netball World Series in Auckland, where she put in several outstanding performances, which resulted in her becoming a fan favorite, and vaulted her in ANZ Championship consideration. Malawi finished in 5th place, but was able to beat silver medalists England during the round robin stage.

In September 2013, Kumwenda became the first African netball player to sign for an ANZ Championship franchise when she signed with the Canterbury Tactix for the 2014 season.

In the 2014 ANZ Championship Season, Kumwenda burst onto the international scene. Amassing more goals than any other shooter in the competition and shooting above 90% on a very regular basis, she won the ANZ Championship’s Best New Talent award, along with a slew of awards from her club, the Canterbury Tactix. She has signed with them again for the 2015 Season and remains as one of their greatest assets.

Currently, the Airtel Malawi Ambassador Kumwenda has signed a contract with Melbourne Vixens an Australian club after a three-year stint at Mainland Tactix in New Zealand where she played in the ANZ Championship.

The shining star Kumwenda, saluted all people who helped her to achieve her dream, “To Netball Players from all the teams that I have played in, including the Malawi Queens and Tactix and more importantly, those that I have played against: thank you for helping me to achieve my dream,”

Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) once said that, “…For Mwawi to be where she is today it is because of God. There is nothing abominable and sinful about sports, even God is proud of sports.”

Concurring with Reverend Mhango, the Former Head of State Dr. Bakili Muluzi once said that Mwawi is the true daughter of Malawi who has made the nation pride.

“I am so happy for Mwawi Kumwenda. She has made Malawi proud of her achievements and many will be encourages that yes we can achieve our ambitions,” Muluzi was quoted by Nyasa Times on February, 2016. kumwenda

Apart from playing netball, the 2015 The International World Games Association (IWGA) athlete of the year Mwawi, is also designer by professional. According to Nation Publications article published on September 27, 2016 Mwawi attended a fashion and design course at Melbourine in Austria where she is trading her business as a netballer.


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