Malawi national netball team has reclaimed position six in the world rankings despite being inactive for the past nine months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the latest rankings released Wednesday, the Queens are also back on position two in Africa having displaced Uganda.
In Africa, South Africa have maintained top spot and remain fifth in the world.
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) president, Khungekile Matiya, said the Queens’ ultimate goal was to break into the top four in the world.
“It feels great to be back on position two in Africa. We have to work hard so that we break into the top four in the world. We know that we can achieve that if we work hard and beat some of the top teams in the world. This is fantastic! I am so happy and excited,” Matiya said.
Australia remain the number one team in the world, followed by New Zealand and England who displaced Jamaica on third position.
Queens Coach Peace Chawinga Kalua said it was a great feeling to move from position seven to six in the world.
However, Chawinga Kalua said her team’s inactivity might affect the players when netball resumes.
“I am very happy that we are back on position six. We have good players who just need to be supported so that we continue performing well,” she said.
Malawi’s last participation in an international competition was in October 2019 at the 2019 Africa Netball Championship in Cape Town, South Africa.
During the competition, the Queens finished second to South Africa after losing the opening match 56-51 to the hosts.