President Peter Mutharika on Monday hosted a luncheon in honour of the country Netball Team, the Queens who are now at position 3 in the World Rankings.
The Queens recently jumped to position 3 at the just-ended Fast5 competition which is attended by the world’s best netball teams, after beating teams such as England, Jamaica and South Africa.
Speaking at the luncheon, the President praised the team for working tearlessly to make the country proud, inspite of minimum resources they have.
He said the victories that the team brought for the nation, has given the nation a sense of pride.
“You have given us national pride because you took our country to victory. When you play on international grounds, it is not just you that the world sees. The world sees Malawi. The world sees us as a nation,” said President Mutharika.
He said the current status which the Queens have achieved has given the country world recognition.
“The recent competition in which you participated has certainly given us global visibility. The Fast 5World Network Series is a highly competitive contest. It feels like world cup in its own right,” he added.
He said beating teams such as South Africa, Jamaica and England is no mean achievement and should be praised by all well-meaning Malawians.
“Most importantly, you have just proved what every Malawian should know. As a nation, we should neverunderrate ourselves. Never! We should never be little ourselves. Never! We should never think small. We must think big, and act big,” he said.
The Malawi leader has since urged Malawians to support the various sports that are in the country.
“National sport unites us. Sport instills confidence in us. It creates the spirit of patriotism and heroism in us. Sport is also good for our health. Sport is therefore important in national development,” he further said.
Speaking at the luncheon, Mrs Rose Chinunda, President of the Netball Association of Malawi-NAM, praised the President for recognizing the efforts of the Queens.
She also appealed to the Malawi leader to assist in the promotion of the sport in the country by among other things, construction of modern netball facilities in all the districts in the country to promote the sport at local level.
The President and the First Lady has since given each player a cash donation of K300,000 and a hamper.