By Edwin Mbewe
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Malawi Netball National team (Queens) have started Africa Netball-World Cup qualifiers with a 69-50 win over rookies e-Swatini in Pretoria, South Africa.
The girls have dedicated the victory to their head coach Peace Chawinga Kalua.
However as it was the case at Commonwealth games, Queens failed to complete passes,made unnecessary turn overseas and hard foot fault with few interceptions.
Coach Chawinga trusted the services of Joyce Mvula in goal shooting,Sindi Simtowe as a Goal Attacker,Thandie Galeta in wing attack Blue Eagles Netball team star Takondwa Lwazi in center, Wing defence was operated by Grace Mwafulirwa who replaced Shira Dimba in the squad, while Carlo Mtukule and Towera Vinkhumbo started as Goal defender and goalkeeper respectively.
On bench she had Jane Chimaliro, Laureen Ngwira,Bridget Kumwenda,Martha Dambo and Tendai Masamba.
Malawi led 19-10 in first quarter, at halftime they narrowly led e-Swatini by 35 goals to 24.In third quarter Queens extended their lead but not so convincingly as the rookies showed some resilience, it ended 54-37 and at fulltime the score line was Queens 69-50.
Malawi’s next assignment is on Tuesday against Kenya from 1600 hours.
South Africa will host 2023 Netball World Cup.