Mwawi extends stay at Vixens

Mwawi Kumwenda

Malawi national netball shooter Mwawi Kumwenda has extended her stay at her Australian side Melbourne Vixens after re-signing for the 2020 season.

Kumwenda is just recovering from her leg injury which saw her miss the most part of the 2019 season for the club and even the national team.

She returns together with two colleagues Tegan Philip and Caitlin Thwaites.

Kumwenda said she was excited with the move.

“I am so happy to re-sign with the Vixens who have been a team I always wanted to be part of. This is a dream come true. The players and staff have really helped me in difficult year after I did my ACL, but together we worked hard and got to the end and I cannot wait to get back out on court with them next year,” she said.

According to the team’s website, new signings for the 2020 season include Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Kate Eddy, Emily Mannix, Kate Moloney, Philip, Thwaites, Liz Watson, Joe Weston and Kumwenda.

She has also been included in the Malawi Queens squad going to South Africa for the African Netball Championship this month.

Last week Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa described the return of Kumwenda as a great boost to the team’s forward as she joins England-based Joyce Mvula.

Kumwenda, Mvula and Lauren Ngwira put Malawi netball exports to three.

Mvula also re-signed for Manchester Thunder and was joined by Ngwira.

Kumwenda joined Vixens in 2016 after completing her move from New Zealand side Mainland Tactix.