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Queens win Cosana Tri-Nation tourney with perfect record

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Malawi National Netball Team finally lifted the Cosana Tri-Nation crown after surviving a scare against Namibia at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences Sports Complex in Blantyre Thursday.

The Queens prevailed through a stunning comeback, winning 49- 36 to avoid disgracing their loyal fans including Youth and Sports Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda.

Malawi Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa named a familiar line-up in her quest to finish the tournament with a perfect record.

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The Queens, who have defeated Namibia thrice in the competition, featured Towera Vinkhumbo, Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira and Martha Dambo in defence while Takondwa Lwazi was at centre court linking up play with Bridget Kumwenda.

Goal shooter Tendai Masamba surprisingly partnered Sindie Simtowe- Msowoya at the expense of Jane Chimaliro.

Malawi clearly struggled to get their act together and were made to pay for their slow start as the visitors led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter.

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Sensing danger, Chawinga- Kaluwa rested Lwazi for Thandi Galeta while Masamba paved the way for Chimaliro.

This allowed the Queens to launch a series of attacks and lead 22-18 at half time.

From that moment, Malawi took control of the match and stretched the lead to 38-26 at end of the third quarter.

As the game wore on the Chawinga-Kaluwa had the luxury of resting Mtukule- Ngwira for Shira Dimba as Dambo moved to the defence.

Vinkhumbo was also withdrawn for Lauren Ngwira.

Zimbabwe finished as runners-up while Namibia finished last.

In the under-19 category, Zimbabwe emerged winners, with Malawi finishing second while Namibia were also bottom of the table.

A visibly excited Chawinga- Kaluwa said it was mission accomplished.

“We did not start the way we wanted but we changed our strategy to emerge victorious. We are very excited,” she said.

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