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Malawi national netball team faces two days of nervousness as Uganda’s She-Cranes threaten to dispatch the Queens’ from their top-six occupation.

The Queens date Scotland today and Wales tomorrow whereas Uganda will first battle with Wales today before sorting it out with Scotland tomorrow.

For the first time in over a decade, the sixth-ranked Malawi head into today’s pool B match of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games against the ninth-ranked Scotland facing clear present danger as they are unsure of their top-six status.

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Mathematically, Uganda and Malawi have chances of breaking into the top-four but realistically the pair is chasing sixth-place.

Uganda, having snatched the Africa Netball Championship from the Queens last year with a 66- 43 victory, returned to haunt Malawi on Saturday with a 54-52 win.

Now both sides have two points each.

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After losing to Uganda the previous day, Malawi bounced back to notch the biggest win—overpowering New Zealand’s Silver Ferns 57-53, in the process throwing the outcome of pool B match and the two teams who will advance to the semi-finals—into unknown territory.

Following the development, Malawi must score more baskets and concede less if they are to have a better goal-difference in their quest to upset Uganda, who are third on the table despite tying on points.

With both teams looking set to finish with six points each, a better goal-difference will help the Queens to dodge the head-to-head count with the She- Cranes.

The Queens Coach, Whyte Mulilima, said the historic win has lifted the teams’ morale, heading into the last two games.

“We didn’t have the right combination but now we know which players are combining well. So, we are still in it and, hopefully, we will get results to move forward,” he said.

At the end of day four on Sunday, Malawi’s top shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda, led the Games’ scoring chart with 115 goals, followed by Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (101) of Jamaica on second place and Jo Harten (99) of England on third place.

Uganda’s Peace Proscovia is fourth with 95 baskets.

All eyes will be on Mwawi to steer the Queens out of trouble and to the Promised Land.

The Melbourne Vixens shooter boasts a shooting accuracy ranging from 90 to 91 percent and she will surely be the centre of attraction during the two games.

Mwawi was the top scorer during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, after banging in 230 goals.

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