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Queens lose to South Africa in training match

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Malawi National Netball Team’s short comings were finally exposed when the side suffered a 93-48 comprehensive defeat to hosts South Africa at Bloemhof High school indoor court in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Monday.

It was an ideal test for the Queens ahead of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games as their success against lowly ranked sides Zimbabwe and Namibia blindfolded the team’s deficiencies.

The training matches, which also feature third-ranked England, have limitless substitutions and five quarters of 15 minutes each instead of the usual four.

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Queens started with goal attacker Jane Chimaliro and wing attacker Thandie Galeta in attack. shooter Joyce Mvula, goal

Takondwa Lwazi was deployed at centre court while, at the back, Queens had wing defender Martha Dambo, goal-defender Towera Vinkhumbo and goalkeeper Laureen Ngwira.

The hosts led at first quarter 17-10 and extended the lead to 34-23 at the end of the second quarter. South Africa did not take their feet off the gas pedal and extended the lead to 51-34 and 73-42 at the end of the third and fourth quarter, respectively. At full time, the hosts had cruised to a 93-48 victory.

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However, Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa remained upbeat, saying the test match served its purpose.

“We did not go wrong anywhere. We got what we wanted. We wanted to try combinations which we never tried before. These are training matches and we are preparing for Commonwealth Games.

“The positive I can draw from this game is that we tried other girls we had not tried before and they know the intensity of these games. Going forward, we know what we are going to do to improve,” she said.

Queens, who are ranked seventh in the world, will face England this afternoon.

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