The Malawi National Netball Team has departed for New Zealand on Friday afternoon via Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, to participate in the World Netball Series in New Zealand.
National coach Griffin Saenda who has taken 12-member side said he was optimistic his charges would conquer despite missing the services of his three key players Sindi Simutowe, Grace Mhango and Beatrice Mpinganjira.
“I am optimistic the girls will do well and make our country proud,” the Malawi Queens Coach told Nyasa Times on a before the team’s departure
“We are fully geared for the battle because we want to maintain our first slot in Africa, “said Saenda.
Malawi Queens captain Caroline ‘Ayuda’ Ngwira said they were ready to raise the Malawi flag high.
“We are geared to maintain our first position in Africa. Despite missing other players we will put the best performance and we do not want to let the nation down,” said Ngwira.
Ngwira, however, urged the nation to pray for them, “All what we can ask the nation is to put us in prayers because it will not be easy since our colleagues started preparations way back.”
Malawi Queens vice captain Mwawi Kumwenda said the morale is high in camp but stressed the absence of Simutowe, Mhango and Mpinganjira will affect them.
“Missing some key players is always a setback to any team but we will solder on because our mission is to revenge what South Africa did to us and maintain our top slot,” said Kumwenda.