Malawi national netball team, the Queens will host Botswana in preparation for the 2o18 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia.
Netball Association of Malawi President Rose Chinunda is quoted in the Nation on Sunday newspaper that the game is scheduled in the first week of May at a venue yet to be named.
Chinunda said they would like to have at least three international games.
“We are playing Botswana first week of May as part of 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games preparations. Botswana have accepted to come. We want to have at least three two or three testing matches before the big competition,”Chinunda said.
She disclosed that Uganda and Zambia were also being considered for testing matches although she could have loved to testing matches with higher ranking teams.
“We wish if we could be playing friendly games with teams that are in top six but we are handicapped on finances. Playing with these teams could give us a true picture of our strength and weakness rather than these teams that are below us on the rankings. We don’t gain much from them apart from keeping the girls active,” she said.
Assistant coach Sam Kanyenda however said the games would help new players to experience international games.
“We have new players who need to feel what it takes to play for the national team. So the game will help us to monitor the young players before the big competition,” he said.
The Queens will also participate at Africa Championship to be held in Uganda next month but the team is yet to go into camp. Malawi are ranked sixth in the world and second to South Africa in Africa.