Malawi Queens overcome England to finish third in Fast5

imageMalawi national netball team gatecrashed into the once impetratable fortress of the top four best netball teams in the world at the World Netball Fast Five Series tournament held in Melbourne Australia.

The did it style by not only breaking the jinx to be in four but also beating superpowers England 35-32 to finish on podium position of third after an epic battle in the third place playoffs against their former colonial masters.

Malawi made their intent to break the record known after taking the lead in the first quarter 5-8 extending it to 10-17 at half time recess.

But in the third quarter England put powerplay to good effect scoring most valuable baskets to snatch the lead 21-26 by the end of the quarter.

Malawi nearly paid the price for relying on one point scores with New Zealand based professional Mwai Kumwenda doing the job.

Trailing 21-26 Malawi dug deeper into their reserves to turn around the game and deservedly winning 35-32.

This was a sweet revenge for Malawi, who were humbled 43 to 22 in the preliminary round.

On Saturday they missed by a whisker victory over second ranked and hosts Australia 24-24, lost top ranked team New Zealand eventual champions 53 to 27.

They beat rivals South Africa 36 to 21, thrashed Jamaica 46-12 on their way to third place playoffs berth.

Meanwhile the victory has earned them plaudists with one of them fans saying they have done it against all odds.

“The Queens have proved that it is not about facilities or financial resources that determine success but hunger. I hope this inspires and motivates all Malawians in all sporting disciplines to know that they can do it against all odds if they are determined,” said, Thomas Taimu.

Another fan suggested to national newspapers that beating England deserves front page coverage.

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congrats the Queens, mukafika ndizakuberekani…….


Kodi ndimangomva Pitala, Pitala dyabulosi ameneyu ndi ndani?

kanthu warya

Bravo ma Queens. Let us develop netball. Kenyans are known for marathon. Why can’t we be known for netball.


Eeeeetu ku Malawi the only hope panopo lies in the women, unfortunately amuna akuMalawi ndi zizizi!!! This is why our country is gone to the dogs with these useless men in position of power. CONGRATS QUEENS!! The only good thing coming out of Malawi now!!!!

Douglas Ndindi
Ma Flames mukamva choncho mukuti bwanji? Nanga National Council of Sports? Nanga Government? Nanga aMalawi tikuti bwanji? Timu yofunika kuyiferatu in terms of funding ikuwonekeratu apa! Zinazi ndi ma “pass time activities”. And I don’t think in Malawi’s economy we have room for “pass time activities”. Kukanakhalatu kuti ndi ma Flames omwe achita izi ma players onse ndi ma officials awo akanakhala pano atalemera ndi ndalama za misonkho yathu. If government doesn’t do anything for these ladies, then we’ll know that it’s not about performance but a gender issue. I for one am waiting to see government’s reaction. Kodi wabwinoyo… Read more »

Congrats Queens mumatha!

Ulysian Banda

Disband football and channel all the resources to building netball academies in Malawi. These ladies are paid peanuts and least funded but they have always put Malawi on the global map. While their male counterparts spend 75 million on only one game, these ladies went to Australia with a deficit from the 35 million they had budgeted for the whole tournament.




tigulitse galimoto wagula pitala ndalama tipatse ma queens..


Cant agree more. We hav heavily financed football for decades to no good at all. Its simple, lets channel resources to where we are guaranteed results.


Congrants queens

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