Mary Waya appointed Namibia's National Netball team head coach

Former Malawi Netball team captain Mary Waya has been appointed as head coach for Namibia national netball team replacing Sunette Burden.

The Malawi Qeens veteran shooter, according to Namibian Netball Association, has been appointed to enhance the Desert Jewels' technical panel ahead of their 2023 World Cup Qualifiers.

"We are pleased to announce the technical team for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, slated for August 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa," the association stated on their page.

According to Sportsriffle 247, Waya will be assisted by Zimbabwe's former netball coach Lloyd Makunde.

Waya, appointed Desert Jewels head coach

"She will be assisted by former Zimbabwe netball Gems coach Lloyd Makunde. Makunde lead Zimbabwe to their maiden World Cup appearance in 2019. A local coach Antoinette Wentworh will closely work with the two coaches as they aim towards helping the Deserts Jewels qualify for their maiden Netball World Cup appearance," reported Sportsriffle 247.

Sportsriffle 247 further reported that the technical team has already named a 21-member provisional squad which commenced training this week, with foreign-based player Liza Potgieter and the University of Johannesburg pair of Corry Mupenda and Monica Gomases expected to join the camp in August.

Waya who started playing netball at the age of 14 and earned over 200 caps for Malawi Queens coached the Queens and was offered a job as director of netball at the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Waya also runs the Mary Waya Academy in Blantyre where young girls are drilled in netball skills