Malawi Queens opened their 2015 Netball World Cup campaign with a solid 7-goal win (58-51 ) against their eternal rivals South Africa in the second match on the tournament at Acer Arena on the opening Friday.
The Queens have been playing second fiddle to the Proteas recently and also lost the fifth position to them on the International Netball Federation’s (INF) current World Rankings.
But on Friday, the Malawi Queens bolstered by the inclusion of New Zealand based towering shooter Mwai Kumwenda was in no compromising mood.
They made South Africa pay dearly as they kept them on sword; with almost every Malawi player including up and coming Sindi Simutowe on top of their form.
The Queens led in all quarters and it was emphatic victory – no questions about it.
Malawi led by 14-12 baskets in the first quarter, 27-22 in the second quarter, 41-37 in the third quarter and completed the vintage show with a 58-51 win in the fourth quarter.
Speaking through internet video call wit Nyasa Times from Sydney, Malawi head coach Peace Chawinga summed up the victory: “Beating South Africa at the World Cup and the way we beat them was incredible. “
Chawinga said the opening match was “so important” and expressed delight with the win, saying the team performance was “exceptional”.
She said: “This shows the confidence and the character in the team.”
On social media, Malawians woke up with excitement with the result.
Don Dada wrote on Facebook – Netball World Cup page: “We’ve put the Proteas to the sword! Beating them by 7 baskets! That is a healthy margin. On two occasions we led by as many as 9 baskets! Exorcising the ghosts of Diamonds Challenge and Fast 5 Championship. Beating SA is always a sweet feeling. Putting them where they are supposed to be. “
Before the South Africa match, Malawi Queens on Thursday beat Trinidad and Tobago 60-49 in a friendly match.
Malawi is billed by international media to entertain with their flamboyant, playful, joyful styles.
The next engagement for the Queens will be against Sri Lanka on Saturday at 11.15am and will face Singapore in the last preliminary round match on Sunday at 10.15am.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :