On course

Queens win second consecutive match at continental tourney

Peace Chawinga Kaluwa

Malawi National Netball Team easily swept Botswana to a crashing 67-23 defeat in an African Netball Cup match played at Wanderers Sports Club in Windhoek, Namibia, Wednesday.

The win was Malawi’s second after overpowering Zambia 70-36 on Tuesday.

However, the win was not enough for the Queens to regard themselves as strong favourites as their rivals South Africa and Uganda have equally started the campaign strongly.


Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa started with the side that defeated Zambia on Tuesday and turned the match into a one-sided affair with Malawi bossing all the departments.

Botswana were disjointed and committed unnecessary turnovers that gave Malawi the advantage.

The Queens led the first quarter 14-6 before extending to a 33-7 lead in the second quarter.


Malawi continued to dominate the match and led 51-28 in the third quarter.

In this quarter, the Queens rested shooter Joyce Mvula and goal-defender Carol Mtukule- Ngwira for Sindie Simtowe-Msowoya and Martha Dambo.

Chawinga-Kaluwa made more substitutions in the last quarter to accord some of her regulars some rest and give other players exposure and game-time.

At the end of the match, she commended her charges for an improved showing.

“We are able to use different combinations and it is working. But we still need to polish some areas here and there,” Chawinga- Kalua said.

In other games played Wednesday, South Africa beat Kenya 67-25 while Zimbabwe defeated Namibia 50-49. Zambia were 55-34 winners over Tanzania.

Malawi return to the court today with a showdown against Zimbabwe before meeting rivals South Africa Friday.

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