Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League defending champions, Kukoma Diamonds, are treading cautiously ahead of this afternoon’s clash with rivals Tropical Queens at Blantyre Youth Centre.
So far, the race for first round bragging rights is between Diamonds and First Choice Tigresses but Queens can break in if they beat Diamonds.
Diamonds assistant Coach, Noel Mussa, said they were geared to continue with their perfect record.
“The game will be tough but we have prepared well. We have good players that are always hungry for success and we are confident that we will excel,” Mussa said.
The side has seasoned players such as Towera Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda, Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira, Jessica Mazengera-Sanudi and Alinafe Kamwala whereas Queens boast of top campaigners Joanna Kachilika, Thandie Galeta and Martha Dambo.
Queens Coach, Christina Mkwanda-Nsinji, said facing Diamonds will be a tricky encounter.
“We expect a tough match but we are set to stun Diamonds. In netball, just like any other sport, upsets can happen; so we are determined to shine,” Mkwanda-Nsinji said.
The league’s General Secretary, Annie Hanjahanja, said spectators should expect entertaining matches.
“We call upon netball lovers to come in large numbers and pay K200 at the gate. This will be the first time big teams are meeting since the return of our national team from England,” Hanjahanja said.
In other games scheduled for today, Serenity will open the floor against Chileka Sisters whereas First Choice Tigresses lock horns with Prison Sisters.
The first round is set to conclude on Saturday 24 August.