Malawi explains no-show

THE Association of Malawi finally broke its silence two days after the national team failed to arrive for this week's three-Test Spar Challenge Series against South Africa.

Netball South Africa (NSA) president Mimi Mthethwa said she received a letter yesterday from her Malawian counterpart, Rosa Chinunda, saying the Malawi Sports Council had resolved to postpone the event because they were not ready.

The letter reads: "The team did not have enough time to prepare for the series, considering that their opponents have played several matches against strong teams.

"We held an emergency meeting with the principal secretary and the director of sports in Malawi and had consulted with the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) representative for Africa, Joan Smith.

"The decision agreed on is to postpone the games to July-August, so that our team can prepare. This time the (Malawi) government is going to sponsor the preparations and the trip to South Africa."

Mthethwa said: "If they weren't ready, why did they accept the invitation? And why didn't they let us know?"

She said IFNA was probing their complaint and that they wanted Malawi to pay for the losses incurred.