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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Malawi national netball team lost to England 57-44 in a friendly played in Liverpool yesterday morning.

Both teams used the match as part of preparations for the 2019 Netball World Cup.

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According to reports, Manchester Thunder shooter, Joyce Mvula, did not feature in the match.

Queens started with goal shooter Sindie Simtowe- Msowoya and goal attacker Jane Chimaliro whereas Thandi Galeta was at centre court with Bridget Kumwenda Chalera operating at wing attack.

In defence, Malawi deployed Towera Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda, Grace Mwafulirwa- Mhango and Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira.

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As the Queens tried to salvage something from the match, Malawi Coach Griffin Saenda Senior made several changes including introducing Alinafe Kamwala for Chimaliro.

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu, said the game was crucial to Malawi’s preparations for the global event.

“We have learnt something from the games and the coaches have identified some problem areas which require attention before the World Cup begins,” Bapu said.

Former Queens captain, Emmie Waya-Chongwe, commended the team for playing the friendly ahead of the tournament.

“I still think the team can do well because it is full of experienced players. The coaches should rectify the mistakes noticed during the game. The team should be united and work extra hard if it is to withstand the heat,” Waya-Chongwe said.

Another former Malawi player, Ruth Kaipa- Chimombo, asked the players to work hard as they represent the country.

Kaipa-Chimombo also advised coaches to make proper decisions in fielding players for specific games.

The Queens begin their campaign against fourth-ranked New Zealand on July 12.

Malawi are also expected to take part in a Quad Series this weekend in Wales where Northern Ireland and Barbados would also feature.

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