By Mphatso Malidadi:
The Queens have set up a position five play-off against Jamaica who earlier defeated Zimbabwe 77-47.
It was an emotional game for Malawi who, prior to the match, suffered three successive defeats to Uganda.
In 2017, Uganda defeated the Queens 66-43 before enjoying double success with a 51-46 win.
The East Africans continued their dominance over Malawi with a 54-52 victory at the Commonwealth Games.
Malawi made a single change to the team that started in the win over Zimbabwe by bringing in wing attacker Thandie Galeta for Bridget Kumwenda-Chalera.
The Queens started slowly but were confident to boss play and finish the first quarter leading 12-9.
Centre Takondwa Lwazi- Mtonga was outstanding as she supplied game-changing passes to chief tormentor Joyce Mvula and goal attacker Jane Chimaliro.
In defence, goalkeeper Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda, goal-defender Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira and wing defender Grace Mwafulirwa-Mhango were resolute to deny Uganda, led by highly rated Peace Proscovia. Malawi led 27-19 at half time.
At the start of the third quarter, the She-Cranes introduced gangling shooter Mary Cholhok to partner Proscovia in attack.
This gave Malawi defenders problems as they battled to contain two towering shooters.
It was a thrilling quarter which swung from one end to the other as both teams fought to finish on top.
Realising danger, Malawi substituted Mtukule-Ngwira for Lauren Ngwira to add steel and height to the defence.
The She-Cranes managed to reduce the margin in a 41-35 lead for the Queens.
The last quarter saw Uganda substituting Proscovia to give Malawi the upper hand as Mvula underlined her class.
The Manchester Thunder shooter inspired the Queens to a resounding win and was deservedly named Player-of-the- Match.
Malawi assistant Coach, Whyte Mulilima, hailed the players for a job-well-done.
“This is what God has done for us. The players had a grand game and deserved the win. It feels great to be back in the top six,” Mulilima said.
However, it is not automatic that Malawi would join the top six on world rankings as International Netball Federation will have to make assessments after the global event.
But Malawi could rise on the rankings after beating Uganda and Northern Ireland who are sixth and eighth, respectively.
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