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She-Cranes on Queens’ neck

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

STRATEGISING—Saenda

Malawi national netball team faces a daunting task to safeguard and improve its world ranking after Uganda’s She-Cranes reduced the gap further on the latest International Netball Federation (INF) rankings released on June 14 2019.

The Queens are stuck on position six whereas seventh-placed Uganda trail Malawi by just three points, as the two teams match on weight and rating.

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Malawi are sixth from 34 matches and are weighted 27 with 3,222 points and a rating of 119 whereas Uganda have 35 matches and are similarly weighted on 27.

Uganda have 3,219, three below the Queens as they also match Malawi with a rating of 119.

The development comes as both teams would compete at the World Cup set for Liverpool in England from July 12 to 21 2019.

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Queens Coach, Griffin Saenda Senior, said his charges must impress at the world showpiece to rise again on the world rankings.

“We have been stuck on this position for some time. We need to pull up our socks and shine at the World Cup so that we should improve our ranking,” he said.

Former Malawi captain, Emmie Waya-Chongwe, said the team could perform better if players are featured on merit.

“The preparations haven’t been the best but what we need is a team that can be featured on merit. Currently, we don’t have Mwawi Kumwenda [injured Australia-based shooter], but Joyce Mvula has also performed well, so we are covered in that area,” she said.

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