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One of the country’s biggest netball festivals, the Presidential Netball Cup, got underway yesterday at Kumudzi Eco Centre in Lilongwe with several exciting games on display.

Sixteen teams are competing in this year’s tournament which winds up tomorrow.

Heavyweights in the game have avoided each other in the group stages.

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Reigning champions, Kukoma Diamonds, have been drawn in Group C alongside Mimosa Queens and Prison Sisters whereas Group A comprises Thunder Queens, Blue Eagles Sisters and Green Sisters.

Tigresses have been drawn in Group D alongside, Mafco Soldiers and Alliance Capital Stars while Civonets, Lameck Queens and Karonga Sisters are in Group B.

In the opening games played in the morning yesterday, Thunder Quuens continued their revival when they defeated Blue Eagles Sisters 34-25 whereas Kukoma Diamonds also got off to a winning start with 45-13 victory over lowly ranked Mimosa.

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Eagles Sisters missed the services of Malawi Queens star, Takondwa Lwazi, who is sitting for examinations.

But Manchester Thunder-bound top shooter Joyce Mvula featured for the team.

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu said the games had started on a high note.

“All the teams are in good shape and we hope to continue watching exciting and entertaining games. We urge netball supporters to come in large numbers to watch the best teams in the country,” Bapu said.

Winners of this year’s competition will walk away with K4 million plus a trophy while runners -up will pocket K2 million.

The third and fourth-placed teams will receive K1 million and K800, 000, respectively.

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