Malawi Queens fall to England in first of two-match series

Malawi Queens who are ranked number one in Africa and fifth in the world out of some 35 national teams, on Wednesday lost 36-68 to against third-ranked at London’s Copperbox Arena in the first game of their two-match test series.

Malawi Queens go down fighting in first match of the double-header test series

Malawi Queens go down fighting in first match of the double-header test series

Playing without star shooter Mwayi Kumwenda, Malawi Queens made a quick start to Wednesday’s game, turning over England’s opening centre pass, but could not make it last.

The Mary Waya coached side had proved it has potential in  Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira, goalkeeper Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda  and goal shooter Sindi Simtowe.

Waya said she was starting from scratch to add depth in every department to mitigate the future absence of regulars. Martha Dambe, Loraine Ngwira and Beauty Nyangulu represent the Queens next generation.

They did put up a tougher fight but trailed the hosts 19-35 at half-time.

Malawi put in an improved performance in the third quarter, reducing the deficit to 11, but they could only add five goals in the final quarter, compared to England’s 16.

Waya attributed the loss to “fatique”.

“We arrived in London on Monday from Malawi and had to train the same day and yesterday,” she said.

“We will put up a big fight in Saturday’s final game in Worcester ,” said Waya.

The two teams play the final match  on Saturday at the University Arena, Worcester.

The matches are part of the preparation for the 2015 Netball World Cup, which takes place in Australia in August.

England v Malawi – quarter-by-quarter

Q1: Eng 16-9 Malawi Q2: Eng 19-10 Malawi
Q3: Eng 17-12 Malawi Q4: Eng 16-5 Malawi
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golo
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Whatever the case two things need to be done. first bring back saenda as head coach -why do I say this- because as a man he has no time thinking and wasting time on petty women issues like what NAM and Mary Waya are doing with the queens these women want to use the queens as a tool to settle personal vendettas and useless womens egos with Mwayi. Secondly bring back Mwai before the queens descend into the abyss. rest my case.

King lugola
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U tryed

Kanyimbi
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Mary should admit failure. Swallow your pride and allow our stars to play. Since you dropped Mwayi Misfortunes are on your neck. We were proud of netball and this coaching of yours leaves a lot to be desired. You want to start from scratch? who told you to start from scratch when you already have a world class team? Zachamba basi.

M23
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Chinanchina makosana. Uniform ya ma Queens ndiyokongola. Amene amawapangira adzipangiranso Flames. Last Uniform ya flames yokongola ndiyimene ankavala nthawi ya Ernest Mtawali.

VINJERU
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Mpaka magadzi kutchutcha abele inu!! Kunabvutadi KuMangalandekutu! Agogo akuti muzingobwekako basi. Asamakuvutiseni. Zopanda ntchito zapansi izi – Nzachabe!

khasu
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Mary can coach Minimini social netball team of Mulanje or Nkolokosa B socail netball team.We want Griffin Saenda back chonde a NAM. Che Mary alephera.Kapena timuyese Peace Chawinga ndi dolo kuposa Mary.Enawa basi matama kumsika pogula tomato.

soha
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Guys let’s b genuine here ok!! England has all resources and England players it is there job to play netball, while malawi we got nothing at all, you check no gym for our queens ,no good pay so what do you expect you lizards?

soha
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Kunali amayi ena from malawi embassy eeeee kuyakhula kwambiri ngati kuti iwowo ndiye Mary Waya! Pakwamwa 2 meter!!

Aferazao
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Fatigue or no fatigue 38 baskets to 68 is nothing, but a big disaster and complete shame. Did Mary Waya want the team to play after spending two weeks in the UK holidaying and shopping? This woman is proving to be a failure, bring back a Mdala Sayenda to turn the tables around.

Aferazao
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Mary Waya is slowly embracing the usual language used by Malawian coaches year in year out when their guards lose games. ‘The players played very well, but zinangovuta. We could have done better, but the problem was fatigue, was this was that. Learn to accept defeat honourably. When they left Malawi they were pretty aware of exactly when they were to play, why did they not say they were not going because they would be caught up with fatigue before playing? Mary Waya next time your players get defeated do not feed us with the usual defensive crap; we have… Read more »

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