Pressure on us- Queens coach


Malawi National Netball Team Coach Peace Chawinga- Kaluwa has admitted her charges face an uphill task to reclaim their sixth position in the ongoing 2022 Birmingham, Commonwealth Games.

The Queens, having rested Tuesday, will return to the court tonight to face Trinidad and Tobago before facing Uganda Thursday in decisive encounters.

Chawinga-Kaluwa said Malawi must win all the two matches to stand a chance of going into the top six having ended in position seven behind sixth-placed Uganda during the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast, Australia.


“The pressure is on us. It is now a must that to win all the remaining games if we want to finish on position five or six,” the Queens mentor said Tuesday.

Despite showing progress against New Zealand, Chawinga- Kaluwa said there is still room for improvement, especially in defence.

“The players are improving in all the games. We are playing but I feel we need to do more in defence. We need to bring them to a 100 percent mental toughness where they can learn how to handle and maintain possession against a dominant defence.


“Otherwise the team is doing great and it has shown that it has the potential of doing well against the top four teams,” she said.

The coach was also optimistic that centre court Takondwa Lwazi will bounce back from a minor injury to feature in the crucial ties.

“We have minor injuries which will be reviewed today [Tuesday]. At least today [Tuesday] the players are resting as we don’t have a game. We will see how the recovery goes on. In case of her [Takondwa] absence that means those available will play as they are also capable. This is why all our mid court players can switch positions,” she said.

The Queens bounced back from their 66-41 opening defeat to host and defending champions England on Saturday to beat Northern Ireland 54-41 on Sunday.

Malawi lost to New Zealand 69-50 on Monday.

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