Despite losing the African Netball Championship to South Africa with 54-52 baskets in a game played at Blantyre Youth Centre, Friday afternoon, Malawi’s national netball team, also known as Queens heaved a high of relief later at night when two of its players received awards at a cup presentation ceremony held at Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre.
The two netballers Caroline Ngwira and Tina Kamzati were voted the best defender and best Centre in the tournament respectively, to the applause of the sports fanatics who jam-packed the hall.
Ngwira was a marvel to watch during the semi-finals against Zambia as she jealously guided her area giving Zambian shooters tough time to pass through her.
Her style had at one point in time sent the jam-packed Blantyre Youth Centre into frenzy forcing supporters, most of whom were in red attire, stand up chanting her nick-name in jubilation; “Ayudaa! Ayudaaa! Ayudaaaa!
When her name was mentioned during the ceremony, she took the recognition humbly praising God and thanked her team mates for the award. Ngwira said she was dedicating it to the nation.
“I am dedicating this award to Malawians for their support which they gave me and the national team during the whole tournament,” said Ngwira.
Ngwira, who is also the Queens’ captain apologized to the nation for the loss to South Africa but vowed that the team which had been holding the Championship since its inception three years ago, will soon regain its dignity when they meet South Africa again.
Malawi Queens centre Tina Kamzati also displayed a stunning performance against South Africa in the finals.
The Civonet’s versatile netballer was all over the pitch controlling the Queens engine room but she had to be substituted after her breakdown in tears when Malawi within a minute before the final whistle conceded 3 baskets for South Africa to level 44-44 forcing the game into extra-time.
She also hailed her team-mates for the award.
“I want to salute my teammates for this award because without them l couldn’t have won this,” she said.
The eight-member competition threw off on Monday and ended on Friday.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :