Malawi Queens: We will win Africa Championship

Malawi Queens roared on Sunday that they will  fight tooth and nail to win the African Netball Championship, to be hosted by Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, starting Tuesday.

The players exclusively  spoke to Nyasa Times before their departure on Sunday at Chileka International Airport in the commercial city of Malawi, Blantyre.

The team left the airport exactly at 3:30 using Air Malawi flight straight to Tanzania.

Malawi Queens posing for Nyasa Times before boarding the plane at Chileka Airport

Grace-Mwafulirwa Mhango urged Malawians residing in Tanzania to come in large numbers to give them vocal support.

“We are fully geared for the games. My plea to all Malawians in Tanzania is to patronize our matches in large numbers because we will not disappoint them,” said the goal defender.

Another goal defender Towera ‘Tobe’ Vinkhumbo, expressed confidence that they will fight to keep the pride of the nation intact in the netball sport.

“We are going to Tanzania on a mission not on holiday. We are aware that teams will come hard on us knowing that we are the number one team in Africa but we are ready to die for the country,” assures Vinkhumbo.

Joanna Kachilika said that they have a point to prove as their squad in comprised of young and upcoming players.

“It is a squad full of youngsters and we don’t want to disappoint the nation and our coach (Griffin Saenda) who has shown confidence in us,” said Kachilika.

Up and coming Civonets player Tina Kamzati urged Malawians to put faith  in the Queens.

“We put God first and the rest will be done onto the field of play. We are confident to secure victory because each and every player is beaming with confidence ahead of the tournament,” said Kamzati.

Malawi Queens coach Griffin ‘Zagalo’ Saenda described the tournament as very important because his players, mostly young, will have a chance to be exposed.

For instance, the squad has two youngsters in the name of MTL Queens Thandiwe Galeta and Bingu Tigresses Lauren Ngwira.

Saenda said they will fight to win the cup  so that it can be  a present to the female President Joyce Banda.

“We want to win the cup as a gift to our Head of State Joyce Banda at the same time as an honour to our late President Bingu wa Mutharika,” said the most successful netball coach in Malawi, having scooped all the trophies with his Escom Sisters team.

As the team drove from Superior Hotel to Chileka International Airport people alongside the Chileka road  cheered the players.

Malawi Queens checking in at Chileka Airport

Vinkhumbo: Have faith in us

Malawi Queens coach, Saenda: Upbeat

Beatrice Kadango: Beaming with confidence

Kamzati and Ngwira poses for Nyasa Times before their departure

Malawi Queens posing for Nyasa Times before boarding the plane at Chileka Airport

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