Malawi National Netball Team started its campaign in the Cosana Tri-Nation tournament with a 60-23 deserved win over Namibia’s Desert Jewels at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (Kuhes) Sports Complex in Blantyre Sunday.
However, the Queens had to wake up from their slumber after narrowly leading the first quarter 10-9, raising fears that the hosts were in for a tough encounter.
The pendulum swung in the other direction at the start of the second quarter when Queens shooters Tendai Masamba and Jane Chimaliro started utilising their chances after.
This was centre Takondwa Lwazi-Mtonga and wing-attacker Bridget Kumwenda kept feeding them with telling passes.
Queens were resolute in defence as United Kingdom-based Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda and captain Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira made several interceptions to deny Namibia goals.
At half time, the Queens were leading comfortably 28-15 much to the delight of the jam-parked in-door facility.
In the third quarter, the Queens increased the tally to 41-22.
Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa had the luxury of resting the likes of Vinkhumbo Nyirenda, Masamba, Kumwenda and Chimaliro for Lauren Ngwira, Sindie Simtowe, Thandie Galeta and Jessica Mazengera-Sanudi, respectively.
Even then, the Queens did not take their feet off the gas pedal.
Mtukule-Ngwira said it was a dream start.
“This is the dividend of hard work. We worked hard to win and we are delighted to have delivered. We are looking forward to our next fixture and will continue to make the country proud,” she said.
Queens are ranked seventh in the World whereas Namibia are on position 22.
During their last meeting at the Africa Netball Championship that Namibia hosted last November, the Queens won 53-44.
In another match Sunday, Zimbabwe, who are ranked 13th, beat Namibia 48-36.
The five-day competition will end on Thursday but the Queens will face Zimbabwe today.