Queens maintain rank


Malawi Queens have maintained their sixth position on the latest International Netball Federation (INF) ranking released early this month.

Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu, Wednesday said it was a blessing in disguise that top 14 teams did not move.

The Queens have been idle since last year when they finished sixth at the 2015 World Netball Cup in New Zealand.


Australia have also maintained their top rank as the world’s number one while New Zealand are still second with England occupying third position.

Jamaica remain fourth ahead of fifth-placed and Africa’s top-rated, South Africa Spar Proteas.

According to the INF website, the latest list was updated on April 1 2016, and takes into account matches played up to January 24 2016.


The ranking relates to senior teams that are playing regular international test matches.

The website stated that it updated its ranking to reflect matches played during the Constellation Cup and the Switzerland versus Canada Test Series both held in October, the Nations Cup held in December, and the England versus Australia Test Series held in January.

“Following this activity, there is no change to the ranking for the top-14 teams. However, Papua New Guinea has moved up one place to 15, with Singapore dropping one position to 16,” the website stated.

“As a result of Canada’s win over Switzerland, they now gain two places in the rankings, moving up to 19. Botswana subsequently moves down one place to 20 and Zimbabwe also drops a place to 21.”

Chinese Taipei has now played enough games to gain a ranking position and is placed at 33.

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