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Tigresses, Kukoma battle for honour

FLASHBACK—Tigresses and Diamonds in a first-round fixture Picture BNL Library

First Choice Tigresses face a daunting task to snatch the Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League championship from holders Kukoma Diamonds.

The two giants clash this afternoon at Blantyre Youth Centre with Tigresses trailing leaders Diamonds by two points.

Diamonds top the table with 38 points, two ahead of second-placed Tigresses who have 36 points.

The defending champions have scored 1,593 goals and conceded the least 285 whereas Tigresses have scored 1,560 and let in 352.

Tigresses Coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa, despite admitting the challenge was huge, remained hopeful of pulling a surprise.

“It’s a high mountain but climbable. We are laying down all our tools to climb this mountain. And we believe that what we have done will take us to where we want,” she said.

Seasoned shooter Sindie Simtowe-Msowoya will likely partner with Tendai Masamba in the circle area while centre Cathy Khofi will link up with Beatrice Mpinganjira to link the defence and attack.

Diamonds Assistant Coach Noel Mussa was confident his charges would successfully defend the trophy.

“Our aim is to finish the season with our winning record intact. There is no way we can allow defeat at this moment,” he said.

Diamonds have several experienced players who have provided hope and solutions when in danger and they include Caroline Mtukule- Ngwira, Towera Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda and Jessica Mazengera-Sanudi.

In other games, Chileka Sisters will date Machinjiri Sisters while Shizaella Queens will take on Chilomoni Sisters. Serenity Stars will meet Prison Sisters.

The league’s General Secretary Annie Hanjahanja said the season has been exciting and competitive.

“So the time to reward the most outstanding players and teams has come,” she said.

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