Malawi Queens to play Fiji in test series

Malawi national netball team will face Fiji in November in two test matches.

According to the Sun newspaper of Fiji the hosts started preparations on Friday for its two match test against Malawi in November.

The Pearls are scheduled to face the Queens on November 2 and November 4 after series test matches with New Zealand and Australia.

Manager Sitiveni Rabuka says all efforts are being made to win the Test series.

Malawi Queens.

Malawi Queens.

“We will use this opportunity to gauge the strength of the Fiji Pearls as we prepare for the next World meet. We have also invited three under 21 players to join our squad.”

Fiji could score more international tests with the likes of England or Jamaica but that depends on how well they perform against Malawi in November.

National coach Una Rokoura said they looked forward to a tough encounter with the Queens who will be travelling to Fiji after tests with the Silver Ferns and the Australian Diamonds.

“This is an opportunity for us to know where we stand in the world as Malawi is ranked [fifth] in the world.

“We expect Malawi to be on the roll when they come as they will be coming out from playing against Australia and New Zealand.”

In a related development the Malawi Queens squad also started camping on Thursday in Blantyre in readiness for Test Series in Australia next month and the Fast5 World Series in New Zealand in November.

The squad left out regular Tigresses players such as Laurine Ngwira, Beatrice Kadango, Sindi Simtowe and Grace Mwafulira because of the controversy the team caused during the Presidential Netball final in Lilongwe.

The following is the full squad:

Joyce Mvula, Takondwa Lwazi, Cecilia Mtukule, Jessica Chikooka (Blue Eagles Sisters) Jessica Mazengera, Bridget Kumwenda, Carol Mtukule-Ngwira, Towera Vinkhumbo, Eneles Mdezo Manda, Alinafe Kamwala (Diamonds), Joana Kachilika, Martha Dambo, Pilirani Msukwa (MTL Queens), Tina Kamzati, Jane Chimaliro, Colleta Mwalilino (Civonets), Melenia Gideon, Funny Mwale (Mafco), Maggie Sikwese (Lameck Queens) and professional netballer Mwawi Kumwenda.

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