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Malawi Queens accorded hero’s welcome

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Malawi Queens Tuesday returned home from Australia where they surrendered top spot in Africa and fifth in the World at the just-ended Netball World Cup.

The team was welcomed by First Lady, Getrude Mutharika, and other high profile officials including Minister of Sports and Culture,Grace Chiumia.

Upon arrival at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe, the team was greeted with hugs and kisses before travelling on luxurious six-door hummer, which was joined on a motorcade of over 20 vehicles to Ufulu Gardens.

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Airtel Malawi Limited, as official sponsors, treated the Queens to a luncheon at Ufulu Gardens before departing for Blantyre.

Airtel also rewarded the Queens with K1.8million to be shared amongst players and officials. Each player will receive K100,000 and K10,000 worth of Airtel airtime. It was a moment as if Queens had won something at the just ended World Cup.

Speaking after welcoming the team, Mutharika said she was impressed with the performance of the Queens.

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“I am happy to be associated with the Queens. I have been following up events and I came here to surprise you (Queens) and I love Queens,” said Mutharika.

Airtel Malawi chief commercial officer, Charles Kamoto said: “Netball is our source of pride. The Queens have given us more reason to believe in you. As a sponsor, Airtel Money is pleased to be part and parcel of this national pride.”

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) president, Rosy Chinunda, said although the team lost its number one status in Africa, the players worked hard during the championship. While in Australia, the Queens registered five victories and lost three games.

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