Mwai thrilled with ‘sweet revenge’ against South Africa: Malawi Queens in classic win

Malawi Queens towering shooter Mwai Kumwenda has said she is “extremely happy” to have helped the team beat rivals South Africa 58-51 on Friday in their Pool C opening match of the 2015 Netball World Cup at Sydney Olympic Park.

Mwai Kumwenda: Sweet revenge
Mwai Kumwenda: Sweet revenge

After the win, the Queens dished out kisses on each other, who greeted the final whistle by mounting a circle before thanking God with a thanksgiving prayer.

“I feel very happy to get our revenge. I am also delighted to start with victory on my first game after a break on national duties,” Kumwenda told Nyasa Times in an interview through WhatsApp – a cross-platform mobile messaging.

Kumwenda, who has been out of the team for some time, celebrated her return to the side with an outstanding performance. She missed only three attempts out of 43, and the South African defenders Karla Mostert and Adele Niemand had their work cut out for them.

“We played really strongly, amvanso kuwawa ( they have felt the heart),” said the New-Zealand based professional shooter. “We stuck to our game plan.”

At the end of the first quarter, Malawi were two goals ahead, and they extended this to a five goal advantage by halftime, leading South Africa 27-22.

South Africa came out with all guns blazing in the third quarter, which was the only one they won, outscoring Malawi by 15 goals to 14. They drew level with the Queens midway through the quarter, but Malawi pulled away again, and finished it 41-37 ahead.

This Nyasa Times reporter monitored the match live on SuperSport 4.

No nonsense goal defender Caroline ‘Ayuda’ Ngwira was brutal if not ruthless. Goal Keeper Towera ‘Tobe’ Vinkhumbo tied up things with quick-fire interceptions. Pint-sized Takondwa Lwazi found her passing range; picking up goal attacker Sindi ‘Sniper’ Simutowe.

Kumwenda mocked gravity, danced in the air then planted the baskets for fun to the satisfaction of Malawians who followed the match live.

South Africa’s centre Erin Burger, who is playing in her third World Cup, conceded they were disappointed with the loss.

“We are disappointed and a bit frustrated after losing this match, but it will be heads up tomorrow when we play our next match (against  Singapore in their second match). We’re not going to let this defeat stop us,” she told SuperSport.

As it stands, in Pool C, Malawi and Singapore have 2 points while Sri Lanka and South Africa have no point.

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zabooka
zabooka
5 years ago

The best sport on the land.Govt please invest in this sport, we need continuity

nyasa
5 years ago

If it is a good story of tumbukas we say Malawi or the nation.. but if one tumbuka commits a crime you call ALL tumbukas all the worst names which cross your mind.

You need to treat tumbukas as Malawians just as you do this way even when they commit crimes.

I rest my case!

Aledi Nkata
Aledi Nkata
5 years ago

Keep it up ma Queenz,We luv u all.

liko
liko
5 years ago

Are netball’s scores called goals or baskets?

mahopu
mahopu
5 years ago

Tell me ukafuna kukwatiwa. Ine tsiku lomwelo ndidzakukwatila

curthbertsinclair
5 years ago

mwayi is greatest gal in our country

B.FLEX BERNARD
B.FLEX BERNARD
5 years ago

all de bst de queens and we expect big things frm Mtawali n’ Ramadani our moralo will boost de team as all Malawian’s let give dem courage for den to do gud.

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
5 years ago

As a nation we should learn from the queens of what is possible.

me
me
5 years ago

Conglats ma queens keep it up!!

Mathews kaleso (abrow)
Mathews kaleso (abrow)
5 years ago

thats why i always suport quens not men who always loss or draw, we re proud of u quens.

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