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Malawi Queens arrive Tuesday

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After finishing on position six at the Netball World Cup in Australia, Malawi netball Queens return home Tuesday afternoon through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.

The Queens arrive at lunch hour and they are expected to travel to Blantyre by bus in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, a group called Friends of Queens is championing a fund-raising campaign to rewards the players and coaches for their performance at the tournament.

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Run under the theme ‘Our Queens Our Pride’, the initiative has so far raised K1.2 million, said chairperson of the group, Trouble Kalua.

“We are still collecting pledges. So far, the total value of pledges is K2.3 million. We want to distribute the money to the players and coaches because we are proud of their success at the World Cup,” Kalua said.

“We will meet Netball Association of Malawi and Airtel to find out about the arrangements concerning the Queens’ return. After that we will have a clear picture of how best we can reach out to the team.”

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Kalua said the group would, in the long-term, set up a trust to support the Queens, who broke a world record at the World Cup by scoring more than 100 baskets in the 101-18 victory over Sri Lanka.

Malawi failed to qualify for the semi-final after losing 63- 62 to Jamaica, before fluffing an opportunity to reclaim the fifth position following a 48- 46 beating by South Africa.

The Queens remain sixth in the world and second in Africa.

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