Malawi Netball Queens’ dominant displays over South Africa’s Spar Proteas at the Fast5 Netball World Series in Australia have disappointed the continental rivals.
“I do not know what happened, everything went wrong for us. I am very disappointed,” South African goal keeper, Fikile Mkhuzangwe, told Netball South Africa’s website.
The Queens swept aside the Proteas 36-21 on the way to a third-place finish at the two-day competition which wound up on Sunday. Malawi also defeated South Africa in a warm-up on Friday.
Malawi won three games, including 35-32 in a rematch against England, and lost an equal number of games. The Queens were only bettered by eventual champions, New Zealand and second-placed Australia.
Netball South Africa saluted Queens’ Coach, Griffin Saenda, for a well-calculated game-plan during the competition.
“That was our plan, we told them that in that first quarter just play your normal game, and then in our power play we have to take the long shots and increase our lead,” Saenda told www.netball-sa.co.za.
To cap the Queens’ convincing displays, star shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda, emerged as the competition’s top scorer, according to Australia media.
“New Melbourne Vixens signing Mwawi Kumwenda, who top scored for the tournament with 151 points, led her team to the famous win which will likely be remember for the side’s spirited post-match dance celebration,” reports wwos.nine. com.au.
The Queens are expected back this afternoon through Lilongwe where Airtel Malawi will host them to a luncheon, according to Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) General Secretary, Carol Bapu.
Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) Executive Secretary, George Jana, said the Queens’ performance proves that money is not always an ingredient for success. The Queens had a budgetary shortfall going into the tournament.
“The will to come out as the best individually and as a team should always motivate us. We now need to work even harder to maintain the position and aim at positions two or one. Breaking into the top-three was the easier part. The harder part is now here,” Jana explained.
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