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Malawi Queens, Uganda clash in World Cup qualifiers

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TO MEET AGAIN—Malawi against Uganda

Malawi National Netball Team will face Uganda’s She- Cranes in the group stages of the Africa Zone World Cup qualifiers to be held in Pretoria, South Africa from August 21 to 27.

This is a repeat of this year’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games where the Queens were trounced 56-43 by the She- Cranes in a group match.

Following the result, Queens went on to finish the competition on position seven as Uganda, for the first time, reached position five at the expense of Malawi and South Africa.

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Queens Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa had not yet responded to our questionnaire which sought her views on the draw which Africa Netball released on Monday.

However, Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary Isaac Chimwala said the Queens will continue camping upon their arrival from the Commonwealth Games Thursday.

“There is no time to relax.

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The team will go straight into camp,” she said.

Former Queens defender Neffie Kam’mata said there is no time for the senior side to fuse in new players.

“They must work with the same players because the period is too short to bring in new players. The technical panel must improve our defence to avoid a lot of contacts. Our wing defender must also close the gap by tightly marking the wing attacker. Our centre court players must not give away of balls,” she said.

According to the draw, Queens will not face former coach Mary Waya’s side, Namibia, in the group stage as they have been drawn in separate groups.

However, they can meet in the semifinals or classification matches depending on the outcome in group games.

The Queens will kick start its campaign on August 21 with a tie against Kenya before meeting Zambia the following day.

They will date Eswatini on August 23 and rest the following day. Malawi will then meet Uganda on August 25.

Top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals whereas the other teams will be involved in classification matches.

The semifinals and classification matches will take place on August 26 and 27.

The other pool has South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

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