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Mvula, Vinkhumbo return to action

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Malawi National netball team stars Towera Vinkhumbo and Joyce Mvula return to action with their Vitality Netball Superleague in England this afternoon.

Vinkhumbo’s Strathclyde Sirens take on Loreen Ngwira’s former team London Pulse while Mvula is expected to lead defending champions Manchester Thunder as they lock horns with Severn Stars.

Thunder lie second on the table with six points from two games and can shoot to the top on goal difference with a win. They have a goal difference of 44 against leaders Team Bath Netball’s 41 from three matches.

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Team Bath have nine points but are not in action today. They have scored 153 goals and conceded 112 while Thunder have 110 goals against 66. Mvula is Thunder’s leading scorer with 55 goals in the two games.

Thunder desperately need to collect maximum points as five other teams, including Vinkhumbo’s Sirens, also have six points. Sirens started the season with a 36-53 loss to Thunder on February 12 before registering a 36-30 victory over against Severn Stars the following day.

The second win came in their second match which ended 52-35 against Celtic Dragons last weekend. Thunder’s second win was a 57-30 thumping of Pulse.

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Queens Coach Peace Chawing-Kalua said she wants both players’ teams to win.

“Joyce and Towera are our ambassadors in England. I always pray for them to play well in every game and come out victorious. This is what we need if more players are to get opportunities to play for foreign teams,” Chawinga-Kalua said.

She said Thunder have a big chance to upstage Stars and cruise to the summit of the table.

“Thunder players appear to be the fittest in the league. I do not think stars can stop them. There is a big gap between the two teams,” she said. Stars have no points after playing two games.

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