Complex Tigresses were on Saturday crowned Airtel Money Netball champions for the second year running after clipping Blue Eagles Sister 44-40 baskets in a highly competitive encounter in Mzuzu and collected K7 million ( about $16 700) winners prize.
Tigresses successfully made history to become the first team to defend the richest netball cup in Malawi after they also won it last year in Blantyre after clobbering Kukoma Diamonds.
Both teams took the game physically in a game which saw tempers flare amongst the players.
However, blossoming Tigresses made it clear from the word go that Blue Eagles would not easily get the glittering trophy as they were a marvel to watch especially through their dangerous shooter Sindi ‘Sniper’ Simutowe.
Simutowe gave Blue Eagles defense a tough ride as she avoided a physical game to lead her side to victory.
On the other end Joyce Mvula tried her level best to give Grace Mhango and Lauren Ngwira, who was on top of her game but was left alone to do the battle, which was not enough for the Area 30 cops to inflict pain to the Kanjedza ladies.
Kondwani Lwazi was also another player, who tried her level best to save her side from the jaws of Tigresses but the damage was already done.
After the game Tigresses players jived before coach Peace Kaluwa said,:“ Iam satisfied that we have managed to defend the title. We fought tooth and nail by denying Blue Eagles enough space to manoeuvre.”
Kaluwa praised her troops for being outstanding in the entire Airtel Money Netball Championships national encounters.
Lauren Ngwira said “its been a great day in my life to win the cup again.”
And Simutowe added: “There will be more glory from Tigresses.”
Airtel Malawi Marketing Manager Masiye Mazaza reiterated that his company aims at exposing talent for the Malawi Queens through the tournament.
“We want to develop netball and nurture talents among youth in rural area who will assist in our national netball team- the Queens. As you know the Queens are putting Malawi on the map as it is number one in Africa and five at world level,” said Mazaza.
Masiye added that on top of the Airtel Money competition his company was assisting the Malawi Queens in international competitions and also the Airtel Rising star tourney.
He also commended Netball Association of Malawi and all teams for observing discipline throughout the tournament this year.
“This year everything has gone on very smoothly from district to national finals.. thus why we have moved according to schedule without delays because of discipline to the part of teams,” explained Mazaza.
Chairperson for Netball Association of Malawi in the North Chancy Munthali said the Champions received 7-million kwacha and a trophy while runners up received 2.5 million kwacha.
The participating teams in the tournament included Lameck Queens, the Diamonds, Thunder Queens, Complex Tigresses, Alliance Queens, Civo Nets, Blue Eagles, MAFCO Siters, Mimosa, Young Sisters and Lioness.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :