THE much-anticipated three-Test netball series against Malawi is officially off and this has cost Netball South Africa (NSA) and their sponsors, Spar, R500000.
It was confirmed yesterday that the Malawians will not turn up for the matches that were billed for Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. The first match was supposed to have been played yesterday, the second one tomorrow and the final one on Saturday.
NSA's president Mimi Mthethwa said they were disappointed and shocked by the Malawians, who did not even bother to communicate with them.
"Their failure (to show) is a serious blow to the management, technical team and players. We will lodge a formal complaint with IFNA (the International Federation of Netball Associations) and it will be up to them to decide on the action to be taken against Malawi," said a visibly disappointed Mthethwa yesterday.
"The department of sport and Sascoc knew about the series, and we will engage them for intervention to recover some of the expenses from Malawi because they accepted our invitation. "We will now shift our focus to the two-Test series against Samoa in June."
National team coach Carin Strauss said: "We are emotionally hurt by the cancellation. We were eager to win the series and this would have moved us to fifth spot on the world rankings, which would have qualified us to play in the Commonwealth Games."