They left like beggars but grand welcome awaits the Malawi national netball team the Queens as they return from the Fast5 World Netball Championship which came to an end on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.
The Queens finished third at the tournament after beating heavyweights England in their final game in the play-offs on Sunday.
They are expected to land at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) at 12:30pm.
They expect to receive a heroes welcome following their impressive perfomance at the tournament led by official sponsors Airtel Malawi Limited.
Airtel Malawi Marketing Executive Tione Kafumbu confirmed there are alot of activities lined up as part of a special treat for the Queens.
According to Kafumbu, upon arrival, the queens will be treated to a luncheon at the Capital Hotel where other surprises will be unpacked.
Kafumbu said Airtel being official sponsors for the flagship Queens are happy with the achievements of the team.
“We are just very happy and proud with the perfomance and achievements of the team” said Kafumbu.
He however refused to disclose the surprising package for the Queens.
Meanwhile, Malawi Council of Sports (MCS) and government have sent congratulatory messages to the team following their top three finish.
MCS and government officials have announced they will be part of Malawians to welcome the Queens at the airport despite failing to provide financial assistance to the Queens in time of need as the team through the Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) were knocking doors
begging for a shortfall of K18 Million to enable the association pay the players their allowances before departure.