March 17, 2017 by Thumbiko Nyirongo
“….I will give my best to make my country proud.”-Mvula
On 15th of April in the Year of Our Lord 1994 a Female Child was born in Malawi, Joyce Mvula was the name.
Mvula the sixth born in the family of eight is the first Malawi professional netball player to play her talent in a United Kingdom (UK) first league team.
“Iam the sixth born in the family of eight children and l was born on 15th April 1994,” the former Blue Eagles Netball Star Mvula told African Inspire Foundation in a phone interview from Manchester, England.
Malawi netball team, the queens shining star Mvula automatically becomes the second Malawi netball export after Mwai Kumwenda.
The 22 year old Mvula has been an influential player for the Malawi Queens due to her amazing style of play especially accurate shooting skills.
She was spotted by English Super League team Manchester Thunder at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as 2015 Netball World Cup (NWC), According to International Netball Federation site.
According to Manchester Thunder official website, Mvula joined the squad as a replacement for Jamaican Marvadene Anderson who was withdrawn from the team’s squad due to Visa issues.
“.. Joyce has proven that she is an exciting shooter who has physical capabilities and ability to play between GA and GA and will pose great threat to any defence she faces. I am really looking forward to welcoming her into the Thunder family,” Manchester Thunder’s coach Karen Greig recently told international media.
“I am really happy to be playing in the Super league as it is one of the best in the world. Coming from Malawi, for me, it is a great achievement and I will give my best to make my country proud” Mvula was quoted.
Mvula who is inspired by Malawi’s star Mwawi Kumwenda and New Zealand netball icon Maria Tutaia told Africa Inspire Foundation that journey to success was not easy as drinking milk but it was hard as climbing mount Mulanje.
“Today l only thank God that l have made it to play in England’s top flight league. The journey was not that easy I remember during the early days of my career people used to underrate me but l maintained my focus.’’
She added that ‘pull down syndrome’ is hindering many netball players in the country from leaving their dreams.
“The pull Down syndrome in Malawi is hindering most of the netball players from achieving their goals and dreams. l urge my fellow netballers to cling to their dreams and they should trust in God not man,”
,” I call upon all girls in the country to work extra hard to achieve their dreams.”
Mvula is the country’s second netball export after former Kukoma Diamond’s shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda who is in Australia.