Former Malawi Queens coach Griffin ‘Zagallo’ Saenda no more

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Saenda guided Queens to a historic third-place finish at Fast5 Netball Series in 2017 and won several domestic trophies with Kukoma Diamonds

BLANTYRE –Former Malawi Queens coach Griffin ‘Zagallo’ Saenda has died today November 26 2020 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre after suffering from stroke.

Among notable achievements, the ex-southern region sports development officer Griffin  Sayenda led the Malawi Queens to the 2012 African Netball Championship victory in Dar salaam, Tanzania, helped the Queens move to the fifth position in World and for the first time Malawi Queens finished third at the 2016 Fast 5 test series in England.

Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) general secretary Ms Carol Bapu has described the former NAM technical advisor’s demise as a big loss to the netball fraternity.

“We cannot talk about Malawi netball without mentioning his name. He was an inspiration to many coaches and a big contributor to Malawi Queens’ achievements. We will greatly miss him. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” she said.

Apart from being a netball coach, the late Saenda was also Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) southern region sports development officer before his retirement recently.

The 68-year-old, who hailed from Mwambo village, T/A Kuntaja in Zomba, is survived by 10 children.

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