Malawi Queens get silver in Diamonds Challenge, lose to SA in finals

South Africa clinched the Diamonds Challenge Series after seeing off rivals Malawi Queens with a narrow 40-35 baskets at Kwa-Zulu Natal before a record partisan crowd and also questionable umpiring decision.

Malawi player with the ball

Malawi player with the ball

Malawi Queens lose to South Africa again

Malawi Queens lose to South Africa again

Malawi Queens runners up

Malawi Queens runners up

The Queens gave false hopes to thousands of Malawian viewers on Super Sport 4-when they gave a spirited performance in the first and second quarter.

Malawi were 4-0 up before South Africa scored their first goal in the fifth minute.

Malawi breathed fire in these quarters as they led 11-6 and 22-19.

In the third and fourth quarter, South Africa was technically superior as they pinned the Queens down, registering basket after another to the annoyance of Malawians.

Loss of concentration killed off Malawi hopes as South Africa sealed a hard-fought success with their quick passing game.

Despite failing to clinch the cup, the Queens proved that have a strong squad of Sindi Simutowe, Joyce Mvula, Grace Mhango, Takondwa Lwazi, Thandi Galeta, Towera Vinkhumbo and Caroline Ngwira.

Malawi coach Peace Chawinga Kaluwa attributed their loss to questionable umpiring decisions.

“The South Africa team should thank the South African umpire because she favoured them. The battle continues and we are not happy at all with the umpiring,” said Kaluwa.

She also complained why South Africa chose their own umpires refusing the umpires which were supposed to handle the game.

“In such games we need to have neutral umpires not allowing umpires from the same country to officiate their own teams. We are so disappointed,” fumed Kaluwa.

The Queens won Silver for coming second, as Uganda came third while Zambia finished fourth.

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vaanwyk
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simtowe, vinkhumbo, ngwira, mhango, mvula. atumbuka ndi nyatwa. nzeru mkalas, footbo, netbo, ufiti, zonse ndi boo! proud of being mbwenumbwenu

chipute
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komabe ma queens munawina ndi kale against south africa. bad umpiring or not, pull up ur leggings

Mungo
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Bola inu koma zibwenzi zanu za flames kuziuza kuti mukatenge cup izo zimakabwera ndi plate!

hule wanyauda...
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I the wach ur the best team the empire were taking side and ur the best in africa that’s even yesterday comenteters were saying they should careful of the malawians. Keep up the queens! I wach the uganda match it was the same thing stealing the the points to favor south africa

mayo ine msonkho wanga
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mayo ine msonkho wanga

i only watch this silly game for the thighs

nanalia
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South Africans (Proteas) are afraid of the Queens and the lose that was seen yesterday was not true and i strongly believe that Malawi Queens deserve the victory. Mbava zimenezi i think this is just the continuation of Xenophobia

katrina
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Very true Malawi are the best thanx to the umpire we got silver.Not only did umpire decision affect Malawi even the coach of Uganda complained,we shal put spar proteas int heir place come world cup

wanka
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The Malawi queens is always a darling to watch. I think you are the real winners of this Diamond trophy because we all watched the game with really a lot of questionable decisions. You are a big threat to south Africa and they know it that you are a top notch class of netballers so the only way was to rob you the way they did. We all know about south Africa cannot win through open play but back door.
Hit them hard at any given time

kamfana
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BRAVO QUEENS!! U TRIED UR BEST.ZINANGOVUTA MBALI YA MA UMPIRES AWO MONGA MOMWE TAMVERA.

koma
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They played well. N its true the female umpire favoured RSA. 3rd quater Malawians lost the fighting spirit which next time they shud not do. If they still fought through akanawina even with the umpire favouring Proteas. But well done ma Queens!!

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