Saenda names 12 in Malawi Queens squad for Dar

Malawi Queens Coach Griffin ‘Zagalo’ Saenda picked 12 players in the squad to play for this year’s Africa netball championship.

Title-holders Malawi Queens are among eight teams expected to battle it out for the top honour during the championship opening on Tuesday at the National Stadium.

In his 12 ladies squad, Saenda has drafted in three shooters, four centres and six defenders.

The squad, which has no Australian based Mwayi ‘Professor’ Kumwenda, who failed to make it for the trip due to club’s commitment is comprised of many young and upcoming netballers.

Ngwira in Queens final squad for the first time

For first time, MTL Queens centre Thandiwe Galeta has been drafted in the squad alongside another youngster from Bingu Tigresses Lauren Ngwira.

Galeta and Ngwira and were outstanding during last year’s Southern Region Netball League in their teams.

Ngwira told Nyasa Times that she was delighted for the first time to be drafted in the last 12 for Malawi Queens and promised to work extra hard if given a chance to play.

“I do not take this for granted because there are many talented netballers in the country. For me to be among last twelve l am so happy that l will try my best to impress in Tanzania,” said Ngwira.

Other experienced players in the squad are Bingu Tigresses trio of Sindi ‘Sniper’ Simutowe, Grace ‘Pincord’ Mhango and Beatrice Kadango.

From Escom Sisters, Saenda has selected Towera ‘Tobe’ Vinkhumbo, Bridget Kumwenda and Caroline ‘Ayuda’ Ngwira.

MTL Queens no nonsense defender Joanna Kachilika has also made it into the squad alongside Civonets centre Tina Kamzati, Joyce Mvula and Jane Chimaliro.

Saenda told Nyasa Times that the Queens are going to Tanzania to fight and grab the Cup.

“We can assure Malawians that we are going to Tanzania not on holiday but to grab the cup and maintain our number one position team in Africa. I have confidence in the squad because they are talented and hard workers,” said Saenda.

Eight countries namely host Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Malawi have confirmed participation in the event.

Malawi Queens line up for Nyasa Times photo after training. Picture by Jeromy Kadewere

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