Malawi National Netball Team, the Queens, swept aside Tanzania 60-33 Monday before turning their attention to today’s decisive encounter against Uganda.
Queens will renew hostilities with Uganda’s She- Cranes in their quest to finish among top two teams in the Africa Netball Cup ending today at Wanderers Sports Club in Windhoek, Namibia.
Both Queens and Uganda have lost a game each to South Africa, who are poised to win the title for the second successive time, having reclaimed the championship in 2019.
Queens lost to South Africa 56-39 on Friday whereas Uganda lost to the same opponents 57-37 yesterday.
It is a must-win game for the sixth-ranked Queens to stay away from the seventh-ranked Uganda.
Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa praised her charges for the win but quickly turned her attention to Uganda’s clash.
“Even though we started slowly, we managed to win against Tanzania. The performance wasn’t to the standard expected of them [players]. Perhaps it was due to fatigue.
In the third quarter, we ticked and remained the same in the last quarter,” she said.
“All our eyes are on Uganda’s game; we need to win it at all cost.”
Chawinga-Kaluwa’s charges lost to Uganda 59-43 at the Pent Series and the coach said winning was their ultimate mission.
“We are now one down because they [Uganda] beat us in Pent Series. If we want to cancel that one, then we need to win this game in order to control the rankings system,” she said.
“We have been planning about this game. We hope the girls will be in shape to do what we want them to do. Most of them are suffering from body pains and other things but we believe that, tomorrow, they will be in better shape. The doctor is taking care of them.”
During yesterday’s game, Chawinga-Kaluwa returned to the squad that started the first five games in the competition.
At end of the first and second quarters, Queens led 13-5 and 27-14.
In the third quarter, the Queens were leading 47-22.
Chawinga-Kaluwa made several changes in the last quarter, giving players such as Tendai Masamba, Beauty Basiyawo, Flora Chipeta and Martha Dambo game-time.
The move allowed the coach to rest the spine of her team including shooter Joyce Mvula, centre Shira Dimba and defenders Carol Mtukule-Ngwira and Grace Mwafulirwa-Mhango.