Tigresses crowned Malawi Presidential Champions

Complex Tigresses were on Saturday crowned Presidential Netball Cup Champions in Mzuzu after defeating their Blantyre rivals Diamonds in a competitive encounter that saw the two teams separating with a single basket.

Tigresses celebration
Tigresses celebration
Tigresses posing for Nyasa Times....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.
Tigresses posing for Nyasa Times….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

The championship started on Thursday at Katoto Secondary School.

Other teams that competed were MTL Queens, Capital Alliance Sisters, Zomba Airwing Sisters, Blue Eagles Sisters, Civonets, Mafco Soldiers, Green Sisters, Karonga Queens, Mimosa Queens and Lameck Queens.

Tigresses narrowly edged Diamonds in  a physical game  that ended in 37-36 baskets.

Diamonds made it clear from the kick-off that Tigresses would not easily get the trophy as they dominated the proceedings of the match in the first quarter with the likes of Sarudzai Gondwe, Towera Vinkhumbo, Bridget Kumwenda and Caroline Mtukule leading the battle.

However, it was Sindi ‘Sniper’ Simutowe who gave Diamonds defense a tough ride as she defied Vinkhumbo’s imposing height and avoided a physical game to lead the Kanjedza girls to victory.

Simutowe also gave Carol Mtukule a restless game as she showed agility and she benefitted from many fouls the Diamonds defenders committed.

In a telephone interview with Nyasa Times from Mzuzu, Tigresses coach Peace Kalua, who was jovial hailed God for their victory.

“We have won by the grace of God and l thank him. Iam also satisfied as the coach that our effort and hard work have paid off,” said Kalua.

She also praised her charges saying despite playing in the title decider that was charged, they were disciplined.

Her counterpart Diamonds coach Griffin Saenda described the game as competitive but praised his  players for fighting until the last whistle.

“They were just lucky to win this game, otherwise only a basket separating us it is not bad on our part,” he said.

Tigresses received K4 million for being crowned Champions while Diamonds cartered home K2 million.

En route to the final, Tigresses defeated Blue Eagles while Diamonds saw Civonets off.

Tigresses had to be rescued by President Peter Mutharika’s personal assistant Ben Phiri who gave them K250 000 ($500for them to travel to Mzuzu for the championship.

Phiri said Tigresses approached him as their fan and he decided to support them in his personal capacity.

Tigresses, who were once sponsored by former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika, won every domestic competition in 2014, including the GOtv Championship and the Rainbow Paints Netball Series.

 

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jay b
jay b
6 years ago

Ndimakunyadilani ma tiga

Lauren grace cathy lise rose elen sindie ndinu madolo maybe mungokhala national team

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
6 years ago

Kodi Jeromy Kadewere unalinso komweko? Umaitha mfana.

amunabawa
amunabawa
6 years ago

you stand tall galz inu ndi bullets ndi ma champions no matter what

clement
clement
6 years ago

Gud lucky Peace and your girls for the hardwrk.I would love to see your partnership with Mary in the Queens camp

iphani mudye
iphani mudye
6 years ago

guys dont combine church and netball

Mulhako
6 years ago

Congrats-fight them all thia yr as well-u deserve sporshp….

mbwaxe
6 years ago

Ndipake ma player mumakoma! Very fit!! Mbolo ikamalowa eeeh sichedwa kulavula!!!!! Ine sindizasiya kukwata ma player!!!!!! Amakoma!!! Amakhala ndi nyini za nthete!!!!!!!!!!!! Bola kumachinda ma player kusiyana ndi kuchinda ana ang’ ono a twelve years!!! A mupingo wa sda nonse pa thako panu!!!! Anthu opusa zoona chimubusa chanu chingawononge mwana wang’ ono ngati ameneuja!!! We need to close this church!!! This is a church which groomed nkungula into a porno star!!! What a stupid church!!!!! Osamachinda mahule bwanji!!!! Zitsiru za anthu!!! Ndikuti nonse a sda patumbo panu!!!! Nyini za manu!!!! You are a very stupid denomination!!! Full of idiots and… Read more »

mike
6 years ago
Reply to  mbwaxe

How dear ar u swearing lyk dis?u nid derivarence

nyamusideni
6 years ago

koma netball…..one basket worth 2 million. every basket counts.
congratulations tigresses.

christopher guma
6 years ago

congrants!

nkhalikali
nkhalikali
6 years ago

Congrats team. Complex gym is indeed a high performance centre

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