Malawi netball development coach Marry Waya has landed a one year contract with the Filbert Bayi team, the National Sports Council (NSC) technical director Filbert Bayi confirmed on Friday.
Bayi, who is also one of the directors of the netball team, said Waya has been at the team for several months and after being satisfied with her services the team decided to sign her for a one year renewable contract.
Under the contract, Waya is expected to train the team which is made up of school students and also to organise netball seminars at all secondary schools in Dar es Salaam and at other development netball teams
He could not divulge more on the contract, saying the team is waiting some documents from the Ministry of Labour for work permit processes.
However, Bayi said his team is really happy that they have acquired the services of Waya whom he described as a complete and seasoned development coach.
Bayi said within the short period the Malawi coach has been at the school, the team has managed to produce six players selected in the list of 30 provisional national netball team (Taifa Queens) players’ currently undergoing training at Kibaha.
He also said for short spell Waya has stayed with the team, she has managed to host netball seminars at various secondary schools in Dar es Salaam and also assisting the national netball team at their camp as a consultant.
Taifa Queens are preparing for the forthcoming international netball championship to be staged at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam next month.
Bayi named the players who were developed by Waya and currently training with the national team as Jack Sickozi, Lilian Sylidion, Irene Elias, Restituta Boniface, Lydia Samwel and Joyce Edward.
“We are happy to announce that we have acquired the services of one of the best development coaches in Africa. We believe that her presence will help to improve netball development in the country,” he said.
He also said his school is committed to develop sports in the country but lamented on lack of support from the corporate support and other stakeholders.
Bayi said at his school they offer education in all sports activities but preference is given to netball as the game’s requirements are simple and affordable.
He said they have a good land which can be used to construct running tracks but they lack money to the tune of more than 70m/- for installation.