Malawi Queens fairytale lives on after thrilling win over Scotland: Commonwealth Games

Malawi’s fairytale run in the netball at the Commonwealth Games is hanging on by a thread, following a one-goal victory over Scotland that went down to the buzzer.

Malawi take a hard-fought 51-50 win against Scotland

Malawi team matched the building hype with the narrowest of wins over the Scots. (ABC News: James Maasdorp)

Takondwa Lwazi celebrated on the floor after the Malawi team’s win over Scotland. (ABC News: James Maasdorp)

Malawi players flooded the court with jubilation, their campaign mathematically still alive.

Needing a win to stay in medal contention, the African side were ahead 51-49 with 27 seconds left on the clock when the Scots won back possession.

Two passes later – including a cross-court bullet from deep in the middle third – and the Scots had reduced the deficit to a single goal and retained possession from the centre.

Eight seconds remained for Scotland to tie the game and keep their hopes of a semi-final berth alive when Malawi player Jane Chimaliro was dramatically sent off for attempting to waste time.

The Scots took advantage of their extra player and looked favourites to pull off a remarkable comeback after winning consecutive contact fouls, deep within shooting range.

But as the clock ticked down, a devastated Scottish goal attack Lynsey Gallagher missed both shots – one falling too short and the other too full.

Meanwhile, the Malawian coach and players flooded the court with jubilation, their campaign mathematically still alive.

It is the second time in three days that Malawi has pulled off an upset against a more fancied opponent, having beaten New Zealand 57-53 on Sunday.

And, were it not for a surprising two-goal loss to Uganda, the sixth-ranked nation would be in pole position to take on Australia or Jamaica in the semi-finals.

As it stands, their chances are slim.

Malawi need to beat the winless Welsh team convincingly, while hoping for England to do the same in its final match against New Zealand.

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ananveruwa akumalowa
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NDAKUNYADIRANI MA SISTERS NDIPO MWATCHENA 2 OSAFOOKA MUPITIRIZE KOMA SI ZITSIRU ANAMANDEVUWA ZIPWISI ZENI ZENI ANGODYA CHAMBA

LEGO
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To construct a Netball Arena does not a lot of money but they are busy saying we are constructing a Beach Soccer Stadium in Lilongwe as if Lilongwe has gos shores..KKKKKK Shame!!!!!!!

Khenge
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This team wins a lot but you cant even build a single NETBALL ARENA for them. Shame

Peloma Pepe
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Well-said Khenge. We waste resources on football which takes us nowhere even in Africa, yet our best sport on the globe is netball . How I wish we took netball seriously!

Nagama
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Wawooo The Queens well done girls…
jumping up and down celebrating with you. make us all proud to be a Malawian. …
Wish you all the best tomorrow with Wales. God bless you the daughters of Nyasaland. x

RICHARD
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That’s good news the Queens.

KUCHITEKETE
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CONGRATULATIONS OUR NETBALL QUEENS…YOU ARE MAKING US SO PROUD BEING A MALAWIAN JUST FOR AMOMENT!!!!!! KANI UNIFORMYO IMAYAMBILA MKATI…. SOOOOO NICE…..NDITUMIZILENI PHONE YA AKO KAKONDWA KWAMBILIKO NDZAKAPANGE CONGRATULATE PAWILI KIKIKIKI

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