• June 28, 2022 9:49 am

Malawi Queens faces litmus test

Jun 11, 2022

By Bertha Chirwa – Blantyre

Confederation of Southern Africa Netball Association COSANA says the Tri-Nations games slated for 12-16 June which Malawi is hosting will serve as a world ranking competition for the participating teams.

COSANA President Leaticia Chipandu said they have not had any competition for senior teams in the region for so long and they believe this is the time to restart before the Africa qualifiers to be hosted in August.

“It’s been almost 10 years since COSANA hosted any games and this is a a way for us to restart netball in our region. We are performing very well in the junior group but we have had no competition for the senior group so we thought it’s important to restart.

World ranking games are very limited within Africa so we decided that we need to create a platform within COSANA region for our senior teams to be playing ranking competitions because of the geographical proximity of our countries”. She said.

Chipandu added that she believes that teams will be able to get good ranking points from the competition .

“We hope each country gets good ranking points especially Namibia which is a little bit lower ranked than Zimbabwe and Malawi and also that to get Malawi back on 6th position in the World ranking which they lost last year. So interms of ranking this is the good platform for us to get some points before the Africa qualifiers”. Added Chipandu.

And on her part local organising committee chairperson for the Tri-Nations games Carol Bapu says preparations are at an advanced stage as teams have arrived today.

“We are getting there and we are managing as we are working as a team. We are expecting both teams today. Zimbabwe is traveling by road and will arrive through Mwanza border while Namibia will jet through Chileka international airport”. Said Bapu.

Malawi, Zimbabwe and Namibia are participating in the COSANA games through their junior (under-19) and senior teams with all the games to be played at KUHES sports complex in Blantyre.

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