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Diamonds in pole position

Kukoma Diamonds have enhanced their chances of retaining the Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League championship after beating rivals Tropical Queens 42- 23 at Blantyre Youth Centre on Saturday.

The win saw Diamonds extending their perfect record to 14 games as they top the standings with 28 points whereas Queens are stuck on 22 points from the same number of games.

Diamonds Assistant Coach Noel Mussa refused to get carried away with the win, saying second-placed First Choice Tigresses still posed a threat.

“It was an important win and we were thrilled to emerge victorious. The players followed instructions and did the needful. Much as we are topping the table, we still need to be on guard as Tigresses can overtake us if we slip,” Mussa said.

Queens Coach, Christina Mkwanda-Nsinji, said they did not prepare thoroughly for the match.

“We played well but because we did not have adequate preparations, we failed to match them. We are still working on our team and hopefully, we will bounce back,” Mkwanda- Nsinji said.

During the game, Queens pressurised the leaders but were guilty of some mistakes including turnovers that contributed to their downfall.

In other games played on Saturday, Chilomoni Sisters beat Chileka Sisters 68-39 whereas Shizaella Queens stunned Serenity Stars 39- 30.

Prison Sisters beat Vicky Sisters 83-10 while second-placed Tigresses thrashed Machinjiri Sisters 116-3.

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