South Africa clinched the Diamonds Challenge Series after seeing off rivals Malawi Queens with a narrow 40-35 baskets at Kwa-Zulu Natal before a record partisan crowd and also questionable umpiring decision.
The Queens gave false hopes to thousands of Malawian viewers on Super Sport 4-when they gave a spirited performance in the first and second quarter.
Malawi were 4-0 up before South Africa scored their first goal in the fifth minute.
Malawi breathed fire in these quarters as they led 11-6 and 22-19.
In the third and fourth quarter, South Africa was technically superior as they pinned the Queens down, registering basket after another to the annoyance of Malawians.
Loss of concentration killed off Malawi hopes as South Africa sealed a hard-fought success with their quick passing game.
Despite failing to clinch the cup, the Queens proved that have a strong squad of Sindi Simutowe, Joyce Mvula, Grace Mhango, Takondwa Lwazi, Thandi Galeta, Towera Vinkhumbo and Caroline Ngwira.
Malawi coach Peace Chawinga Kaluwa attributed their loss to questionable umpiring decisions.
“The South Africa team should thank the South African umpire because she favoured them. The battle continues and we are not happy at all with the umpiring,” said Kaluwa.
She also complained why South Africa chose their own umpires refusing the umpires which were supposed to handle the game.
“In such games we need to have neutral umpires not allowing umpires from the same country to officiate their own teams. We are so disappointed,” fumed Kaluwa.
The Queens won Silver for coming second, as Uganda came third while Zambia finished fourth.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :