Queens finish behind Uganda
Malawi National Netball Team Coach Peace Chawinga- Kaluwa has said there should be no room for error if the Queens are to lift the Africa Netball Championship which is expected to throw-off on Tuesday in Namibia.
The Queens mentor made the statement after her charges finished second behind Uganda’s She-Cranes in Pent Series held at Patrick Iyambo Police College in Windhoek.
Queens concluded the campaign with a 55-34 win over Kenya yesterday. Queens led the first quarter 13-8 before extending the lead to 25-15 at half time. In the third quarter, the Queens were firing from all the cylinders to lead 41- 24 before wrapping up the victory 55-34 in the fourth quarter.
Overall, Malawi won four games but suffered a 59-43 defeat to Uganda which is a clear indication that the Queens will need to up their game to stand a chance of winning the Africa Netball Cup.
Chawinga-Kaluwa, speaking after beating Kenya, said it was a gr eat showing but felt her charges took a lot of time to settle down.
“We are failing to maintain pressure and we are taking long to settle down. We were making turnovers. We settled down from the third quarter. We need to improve on this to improve.
“On the positives side, if you saw today’s game they were able to breakthrough with fast balls going forward. I see teams changing. The teams are all good,” she said.
The former Queens centre court player said the forthcoming Africa Netball Cup will be tough and any slip up will ruin her t eam’s chances of winning the Africa Netball Cup.
“We will use our performance in Pent Series to rectify the mistakes we made because we can’t afford to mess up. If we mess up again it will be difficult for us to bounce back. We need to cancel whatever Uganda did to us,” she said.
During Pent Series, Zimbabwe finished third whereas the hosts, Namibia, ended on fourth position. Zambia finished on fifth position while Kenya anchored the table.