Harare – With 60 intercepts, 93 possession gains and 56 deflections, Malawi international Towera Vinkhumbo’s exploits in the English Vitality Netball Super League did not go unnoticed as she was named Players’ Player of the Year as the curtain came down on the competition last week.
The 30-year-old Strathclyde Sirens player – who also represents Malawi in soccer – credited her teammates for being supportive during the course of the season.
“Huge thank you to my teammates at Sirens, I would have not got this without the support you gave me throughout the season,” said the goalkeeper.
The 30-year-old’s dynamism on the court was hailed as the driving force behind her Scotland-based club’s season.
Vinkhumbo was also named in the English Vitality Netball Super League Team of the Season.
“Vinkhumbo has been a revelation this year as goalkeeper for Strathclyde Sirens. Picking up the Player’s Player Award, voted by her fellow athletes, Vinkhumbo has continuously impressed across the season.
“Her innate ability to read the play and dynamism to get herself to the ball has won back plenty of ball for Sirens this year and has been vital in building the success of their season. Her defensive partnership with Scottish Thistle Emily Nicholl has continued to develop throughout the season and it’s easy to forget that she was only with Sirens as an injury replacement.
“Ending the season with 60 interceptions, 93 possession gains and 56 deflections, I think she’s one they will be pretty keen to keep hold of for 2022,” wrote Netball Scoop.
Interestingly, Vinkhumbo is also a key member of the Malawi women’s football team. Sport runs in the family, and her late brother, Aubrey, featured for Be Forward Wanderers in Malawi’s Premier Soccer League.
Vinkhumbo first represented Malawi in soccer at Under-14 level and rose through the age groups to the senior national team.
Her sister Salome, a former captain of the Malawi women’s football team, encouraged her to take netball seriously after the country’s soccer federation suspended international fixtures for the women’s team.
She quickly cemented a place in the national team, and continues to represent Malawi in international football as well.