By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi national netball team coach, Griffin Saenda Senior, has said inspiring his charges to finish in the top three at the Fast5 Netball World Series in Melbourne, Australia, will be his major task.
Speaking before departure at Chileka Airport Monday, Saenda said finishing third at the tournament will restore the team’s competitiveness.
“My target is to finish on position three but if we fail to hit that target, then at least we should move from position six to five. This will be a sign of our progress in the game,” he said.
The Queens finished on position three during the 2016 edition of the competition but succumbed to last in the six-team event last year.
The coach has dropped familiar faces including former Queens skipper Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira and the Tigresses duo of Sindie Simtowe-Msowoya and Beatrice Mpinganjira.
The Thunder Queens trio of captain Joanna Kachilika, goal-defender Martha Dambo and centre Thandie Galeta has made the trip.
Kukoma Diamonds, who are coached by Saenda, have contributed goal defender Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda and shooters Alinafe Kamwala and Jessie Mazengera-Sanudi.
The rest of the teams have contributed a player with Civonets, Blue Eagles Sisters and Tigresses contributing Jane Chimaliro, Takondwa Lwazi and Lauren Ngwira, respectively.
Manchester Thunder shooter Joyce Mvula is the only foreign-based player in the squad.
Kachilika said the team has enough quality to do better this time.
“We have prepared well and it is our desire that we should do well at the event. Our fans should keep on supporting us,” Kachilika said
The two-day event starts on Saturday and will be staged at Hisense Arena with hosts Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica and South Africa also competing.
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