Malawi netball export to England, Joyce Mvula on Saturday helped her Manchester Thunder be crowned English Netball Super League champions after defeating defending champions Wasps in a tight and highly contentious match by 57-52 baskets.
This was the first time for Thunder to win the title since 2014.
They trailed 17-12 in first quarter before regaining their form in the second quarter to lead 29-27.
They once more suffered a huge set back in the third quarter as they went down again 45-39.
However, Thunder produced a spirited and splendid performance in the final quarter to claim victory with a 57-52 goal margin.
It was a night of mixed fortunes for Malawi international shooter Joyce Mvula who failed to finish the match after sustaining a knee injury.
Thunder Coach Karen Greig described Mvula’s injury ‘who had a grand game’ as unfortunate.
“It was unfortunate for Joyce having to come off as she had a great game. We don’t quite know what’s wrong and she’ll have to get a scan but hopefully it’s only a tweak of her knee” Greig told BBC after the match.
“We’ll look after her before she goes back to Malawi in a few weeks,” she added.
On the other hand, Mvula had a relief after being voted Sky Sports Fun Player of the Year Award.
She went further to express her joy and excitement through her Facebook page.
“We are the champions!!!! What a lovely team. Thanks for those who voted for me on sky sports fun player of the year I won it, thank you so much” wrote Mvula.