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Queens off to South Africa today

TO COMPETE AGAINST ENGLAND AND SOUTH AFRICA—Malawi’s Queens

Malawi National Netball Team leaves the country today for Cape Town, South Africa, to compete in a Tri-Nation test against the hosts and England.

Netball Association of Malawi President Abigail Shariff said the tournament would help the team prepare well for the Commonwealth Games scheduled for July 28 through to August 8.

The trip between Malawi and South Africa may only be two hours by air but the Queens will arrive in South Africa Friday, according to Shariff.

“The Queens will depart Chileka Airport on Thursday afternoon and arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, around nine o’clock at night. The team will connect to Cape Town International Airport on Friday morning and arrive in the afternoon.

“The long route is due to flight connection challenges from the possible shorter route of OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Cape Town. The government of Malawi, through Malawi National Council of Sports, is funding the trip and our preparations,” she said.

Sheriff said the tournament will be played behind closed doors in line with Covid restrictions.

Malawi’s first match is against South Africa on Monday at noon. The Queens will then take on England 24 hours later before facing South Africa again on July 2.

The squad making the trip is as follows:

Players: Jane Chimaliro, Sindi Simtowe, Tendai Masamba, Maggie Sikwese, Joyce Mvula, Bridget Kumwenda, Takondwa Lwazi, Thandi Galeta, Shira Dimba, Martha Dambo, Caroline Mtukule, Towera Vinkhumbo, Laureen Ngwira, Beauty Basiao and Mada Mkandawire.

Officials: Peace Kalua, Whyte Mlilima, Eleanor Mapulanga, Madano Thepetheya, Diana Nkhulembe, Sella Msimuko, Sheriff and Agness Chaima.

The Queens will be at the showpiece on the back of success in another Tri-Nation tournament that involved Namibia and Zimbabwe at Kamuzu College of Health Sciences Sports Complex in Blantyre last week.

Malawi lifted the trophy after winning all their matches.

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