Malawi National Netball Team is hoping for a perfect start when facing Eswatini this afternoon in Group B match of this year’s Africa Netball Championship in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Queens cannot afford any slip up as it will cost them a place at the 2023 Netball World Cup finals having lost an automatic qualification slot after slumping on World Netball rankings to position seven.
Coach Peace Chawinga- Kaluwa has said her charges’ ultimate mission was to qualify for the World.
“We will approach each game as it comes. Our aim is to qualify and our eyes are on that,” said the First Choice Tigresses mentor.
She refused to brand any team favourites as all the teams intend to qualify for next year’s final.
The Queens will be without Australia based shooter Mwawi Kumwenda, who excused herself to concentrate on her wedding preparations.
However, goal shooter Joyce Mvula will likely step up her game to prove her prowess that she is equally good.
In defence, Malawi boost of Towera Vinkhumbo, who is fondly called the Queen of intercepts in the United Kingdom’s Vitality Netball Superleague.
Queens were initially expected to begin the qualifiers yesterday against Kenya, but the fixture was revised after Africa’s second ranked side Uganda withdrew from the event.
Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary Isaac Chimwala said they would have loved to face Uganda to revenge their 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games defeat.
The Queens will take on Kenya tomorrow and they will rest on Wednesday before dating Zambia on Thursday.
Semifinals and classification matches will take place on Friday while the final is on Saturday.
Group A has Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania and South Africa, who already qualified for the World Cup by virtue of being hosts.
Number one ranked side in Africa, South Africa is using the competition to gain more points on World Rankings.