Malawi Queens date England, Wales for pre-C’wealth test games

Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) has approached Wales and England for strength testing matches with Malawi Queens ahead of the Commonwealth Games expected to start next month in Scotland.

NAM General Secretary Carol Bapu said they were confident that the Queens would play against the two teams before the start of the Commonwealth Games scheduled for July 23 to August 3.

Bapu said the Queens would play against the two teams on their way to Scotland but she did not disclose finer details of the proposal concerning the expenses.

Caro Bapu:  Warm-up matches
Caro Bapu: Warm-up matches

“The possibility of meeting the two sides in test matches is quiet high. We will face them enroute to Scotland,” Bapu said.

“We strongly believe that the two games will give the coaches an opportunity to analyse the squad before the competition starts.”

Bapu has warned players that have been called for Queens training to report for camping by Tuesday or face being dropped.

“We will only accommodate late comers with prior approval. In this case we will allow Tina Kamzati to report a bit late for training because she was getting married over the weekend,” she said.

Malawi Queens coach Mary Waya named a 17-member squad with familiar faces and they include Complex Tigresses who were dropped for Fast5 Series held in New Zealand on disciplinary grounds.

Tigresses regular national football team Sindie Simtowe, Grace Mwafulirwa-Mhango, Beatrice Mpinganjira and Lauren Ngwira missed the Fast5 Series and Test Series.

The quartet has joined the squad dominated by Tigresses and Blue Eagles who have contributed four players each.

The full list of players called into camp are as follows:
Sindie Simtowe, Grace Mwafulirwa-Mhango, Beatrice Mpinganjira, Lauren Ngwira, (Tigresses), Joyce Mvula, Cecelia Mtukule, Tokondwa Lwazi, Maggie Sikwesi ( Blue Eagles), Carol Mtukule-Ngwira, Towera Vinkhumbo, Bridget Kumwenda (Diamond Sisters), Joana Kachilika, Thandiwe Mwale (MTL Queens), Tina Kamuyambeni Kamzati, Jane Chimaliro, (Civo nets) Melenia Gedion (Mafco), Mwawi Kumwenda (Tactix New Zealand).

Malawi are in Pool A alongside New Zealand, Jamaica, St Lucia, Northern Ireland and hosts Scotland while Pool B comprises South Africa, England, Australia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago.

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