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Malawi Queens maintain sixth place

Malawi netball Queens have maintained their sixth place in the world while lying second in Africa, latest International Netball Federation (INF) rankings have indicated.

The latest rankings released on Wednesday have the number of world ranked teams doubling to 79. The rise gives respectability to Malawi’s position six in the world.

The INF has updated its rankings to reflect matches played during the Netball World Cup in Australia in August.

During the World Cup, Malawi barely held on to its sixth position after losing to the world’s fifth-placed side, South Africa in a decisive match.

The new rankings are also based on results from the Pacific Games and the Tri Series between South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand, both held in July.

“There is no change to the top-eight order, however Trinidad & Tobago (now ranked ninth), Scotland (10) and Papua New Guinea (16) have each risen one place up the rankings, alongside Uganda who also moves up one spot to 13,” reads www.netball.org

“Samoa and Zambia have both dropped one place to 14 and 17 respectively, with Barbados falling two places to 11. Sri Lanka has also dropped down two places and is now ranked at 24.”

Vanuatu and Tonga have now both played ranking matches but will need to play four and three more games respectively to reach the eight games required to achieve a world ranking.

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