Malawi Queens ambitions of grabbing this year’s Africa Netball Championship which kicked-off on Wednesday started on a high a note after their two victories against the host Tanzania and Zambia at the ultra modern Dar es salaam National Stadium.
In their first game against their Southern Africa neighbours, Zambia the Queens won 56-33 baskets before hammering the host Tanzania 34-30 baskets.
Malawi Queens coach Griffin ‘Zagalo’ Saenda praised his charges for the victories and vowed to win the rest of the matches.
Saenda described their wins as a stepping stone to clinch the title.
“I am also impressed with the performance of our queens as you are aware that most of them are youngsters. With the absence of Mwayi Kumwenda l featured Sindi Simutowe, who performed well and she scored many baskets,” said Saenda.
Saenda also promised Malawians that they should expect to welcome them with a trophy because they have all the hopes to be crowned as the champions.
Malawi Queens are African’s number one team. Saenda also assured Malawians that they will maintain their position in Africa.
Tanzania head coach Mary Protas said:“Malawi are a great team, we played them knowing that they are difficult to beat.”
Some of the players, who are in Tanzania with Malawi’s flag on their shoulders, are Bingu Tigresses trio of slippery shooter Sindi ‘Sniper’ Simutowe, Lauren Ngwira, Grace ‘Pincord’ Mhango and Beatrice Mpinganjira.
Others are Escom Sisters versatile Towera ‘Tobe’ Vinkhumbo, Caroline ‘Ayuda’ Mtukule, MTL Queens duo of Joana Kachilika and Thandiwe Magaleta, Tina Kamzati, Bridget ‘Engine room’ Kumwenda.
In another encounter, Botswana lost to Zambia as South Africa failed to report for the tournament as they opted to play friendly matches in Jamaica.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :