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Team Malawi in mixed fortunes

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Team Malawi suffered mixed fortunes at the ongoing African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games in Lilongwe.

In netball, Malawi under-20 team recovered from their losing start to come from behind to beat Namibia 42-39 at Griffin Saenda Sports Complex Monday.

The visitors led the first two quarters 9-8 and 23-22 as the hosts panicked.

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The junior Queens turned the magic in the third quarter as they led 34-29.

The team’s assistant coach Beatrice Mpinganjira said they were determined to improve.

“We had to win this match to be in contention for a medal,” she said.

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Malawi will face Zimbabwe while favourites South Africa will take on Namibia. In another match, Zambia will meet Botswana.

In tennis, Team Malawi started sluggishly as all individuals lost.

Austine Phiri of Malawi lost to Esi molefe of Botswana 6-3 6-3.

His compatriot Mitchell Mbewe lost to Benedict Badza of Zimbabwe 6-0 6-1.

Another Malawian player George Napoleon lost to Zimbabwean Takula Mhwandagara 6-1 6-0.

Malawi’s Golden Kamanga could not withstand Mark Nawa of Botswana 6-1 6-1.

Similarly, in girls’ section, Atupele Kadam’manja of Malawi lost to Magrate Chewe of Zambia 6-3 6-3.

Her compatriot Chifundo Mbewe suffered defeat to Botswana’s Naledi Raguin 6-0 6-4.

Another Malawian in this category, Medi Theu, lost to Gabriela Martins of Angola 7-5 6-1.

Linda Nyangu of Malawi suffered heavy defeat to Zimbabwe’s Sasha Chimedza 6-0 6-0.

In volleyball, Malawi lost by three straight sets to Zimbabwe.

It was a similar case in basketball, as Malawi lost to favourites Angola 78- 43.

The loss came 24 hours after Malawi defeated South Africa 78-44.

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