Malawi National Netball Team turned back the hands of time with an outstanding display to whip Namibia 77-25 and then struggled to beat Zimbabwe 47-35 yesterday in the on-going Cosana Tri-Nation tournament.
During day three of the five-day competition, Queens entertained fans with their classic style of twists and turns at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences Sports Complex in Blantyre.
The hosts had defeated the Desert Jewels 60-23 on Sunday and improved when they met again yesterday morning.
Malawi then returned in the evening but sweated to overcome Zimbabwe, whom they defeated 43-25 on Monday.
However, Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa was not satisfied with her side’s display and called for continued camping in readiness for the Commonwealth Games slated for Birmingham, England, from July 28 to August 8.
“I will be lying if I say I am satisfied with our team’s performance. We are yet to hit our top form. It is our duty as coaches to work on those shortfalls. The team is progressing well. If we remain in camp in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, then our chances of doing well at the event will be high.
“We will have ample time rectifying the mistakes we have been making and we will also improve the squad. We want to work on combinations and coordinations, which require a lot of time to master,” she said.
Commenting on the team’s form against Namibia, Chawinga-Kaluwa said they made changes having analysed their opponents.
“We made some changes after we observed how they were playing. I should be grateful that the players adapted to our formation and followed instructions,” she said.
Chawinga-Kaluwa admitted the second game against Zimbabwe was tough.
In reaction to Chawinga- Kaluwa’s call, Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) Vice President Chimwemwe Bakali said they were keeping fingers crossed to access support to implement their plans.
“Our plan was to be in camp for two weeks every month but, due to financial constraints, we could not manage.
“We have also been invited for friendlies this month end. If we get support, we will surely remain in camp to do well at the Commonwealth Games,” he said.
Bakali called on well-wishers to join the government and FDH Bank plc in supporting the Queens.
During the first game, Chawinga-Kaluwa reshuffled her squad by handing starts to wing defender Shira Dimba, centre Thandie Galeta and shooter Sindie Simtowe after they replaced Martha Dambo, Takondwa Lwazi and Tendai Masamba, respectively. The first quarter ended 16-5 with Queens leading and at half time the hosts were 39-9 up.
At the start of the third quarter, Queens introduced goalkeeper Lauren Ngwira, wing defender Martha Dambo and goal attacker Jessica Mazengera-Sanudi for Towera Vinkhumbo, Bridget Kumwenda and Jane Chimaliro respectively.
Following the change, Dimba has taken over the role at centre court, with Thandi Galeta moving to wing attack.
Queens were still in control of the game leading against Namibia 58-17.
The games will continue today, with Queens meeting Zimbabwe to complete their trilogy. The competition will end tomorrow with the Queens dating the Desert Jewels.