Africa-Press – Malawi. Malawi National Netball Team outclassed neighbours Zambia 76-44 in a Pent Series match at Patrick Iyambo Police College in Windhoek, Namibia, Thursday to cement a silver medal finish at the tournament.
This was Malawi’s second successive win and third victory at the competition in four matches following victories over Zimbabwe and Namibia on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
Malawi lost to title favourites Uganda 59-43 on Tuesday to drastically reduce their chances of winning the Series. The Queens wrap up the contest with a showdown against Kenya today whereas Uganda face hosts Namibia.
In a match streamed live on Namibia Netball Association Facebook page, Malawi showed their intent right from the word go and won the first quarter 21- 9.
The Queens continued to dominate the second quarter and had increased the lead to 39-21 by the time the umpire blew the whistle for half time. The third quarter also belonged to the Queens and they won it 59-31 before winding up the match on a final score of 76- 44.
Coach Peace Chawinga- Kalua made one change to the side that beat Namibia 64-43 on Wednesday with Carlo Mtukule paving way for Martha Dambo. In the third quarter, Chawinga-Kalua made two changes, introducing Sindi Simutowe for Jane Chimaliro and Bridget Kumwenda for Flora Chipeta.
When the writing on the wall became clear that Malawi would carry the day, the coach had the luxury of substituting top shooter Joyce Mvula for Tendai Masamba. Beauty Basiao was also given the chance to go in for Towera Vinkhumbo whereas Mtukule replaced Dambo.
Chawinga-Kalua said her side was aiming to finish the Series on a high against Kenya. “There are many positives from the win over Zambia. We tried different combinations and things worked out. But the most worrisome thing is that we are still conceding many goals,” she said.
After concluding their assignments today, Malawi’s attention will shift to the Africa Netball Championship next week in the same country. The Queens will wind up their busy month with the Tri- Nations Tournament in England between November 22 and 29. Malawi are ranked sixth in the world and second in Africa whereas Zambia are 15th in the world and fifth in Africa.