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Four regional champions face tricky assignments to qualify and maintain their slots at the national level of Airtel Money national netball trophy.

The two-day regional finals throw-off Saturday in four zones with 72 teams fighting for four national level slots.

In the Southern Region, two-time defending champions, Alliance Capital Stars, have to prove their prowess to retain the championship ahead of well-oiled teams such as Blantyre Stars, Gerald Tasaukadala Sisters, Chilomoni Sisters and Shizaella.

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Alliance Assistant Coach, Garvey Nyondo, said the coming in of Coach, Mary Waya, has inspired the team and they were determined to reach the national phase.

“We have learnt a lot since Waya joined us. We believe that we will go all the way to defend the title at the regional finals and impress at the national finals,” he said.

In the Eastern Region, holders, Prison Sisters, have also vowed to qualify for the national finals.

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“We know every team is prepared for the battle. However, we are also breathing fire and we will take them head on,” said the team’s coach, Pemphero Ntalika.

In the Central Region, Green Eagles are the regional defending champions while Young Sisters are also itching to retain the Northern Region championship.

Kumudzi Lodge hosts the Central Region finals while Katoto Secondary is the venue for the Northern Region finals.

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said they were hoping for mouth-watering games.

“We had hundreds of teams and we have narrowed them to 72 at the regional level,” she said.

Bapu said increasing the prize money from K1 million to K1.2 million for the winners will further inspire the participating teams.

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