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Kukoma Diamonds against complacency

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Kukoma Diamonds have vowed not to get carried away with their top form as they bid to reclaim the Rainbow Paints Southern Region Netball League championship.

Diamonds were in ruthless form when they humbled rivals, Tigresses, 52-37 at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) on Saturday.

Following the win, Diamonds caught up with the leaders, Tigresses, at 15 points apiece.

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Diamonds have won the GOtv Netball Champions League, Presidential Trophy and the Airtel Money Trophy at the expense of Tigresses.

Diamonds assistant coach, Noel Mussa, warned the players not to get too excited with the result.

“The win was as a result of good preparations and a game-plan which was well executed by the players. However, this is only the first round,” he said.

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Tigresses coach, Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, promised to bounce back.

“We had problems in two areas but we will work on them. We need to win all our games by good margins,” she said.

During the game, Diamonds led in the first quarter13-9 before increasing the lead to 28-18 at half time.

In the third quarter, Diamonds increased the lead to 41-27.

Despite missing the services of influential skipper, Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira, who is on maternity break, Diamonds relied on wing-defender Sheila Kapasula-Dimba, goal-defender, Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda and goalkeeper Wezzie Mzembe-Msisya.

Diamonds introduced record signing, Annabel Phiri, in the final quarter and she had a memorable game.

Tigresses, missing Ellen Chibokho and Lauren Ngwira, who want to join Alliance Capital Stars, struggled at centre court and defence.

Top shooter Sindie Simtowe-Msowoya and Beatrice Mpinganjira combined well in attack for Tigresses but they did not get good service.

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