SYDNEY(Malawi NewsNow)- Malawi Queens lost the fifth place play–off to South Africa 48-46 in a hard-fought match in which the lead changed hands at regular intervals, at the Netball World Cup in Sydney on Sunday.
The result means South Africa retain their fifth place ranking in world netball and are once again officially the top team in Africa displacing Malawi.
South Africa, who lost to Malawi in the first game of the tournament, came out hard from the start, and at one stage, five successive unanswered goals gave them a lead of 8-4, but Malawi clawed their way back with their own series of goals spearheaded by star goal shooter Mwayi Kumwenda. They drew level at 8-all, and then when into the lead, winning the first quarter12-11.
In the second quarter, the teams once again exchanged goals, with first one team and then the other surging ahead, but in the middle five minutes, South Africa scored five quick goals to bein lead again.
Malawi won the third quarter by three goals, to edge ahead 36-35. Once again, a flurry of goals put South Africa back in the lead on 43-40 after eight minutes, and they retained their slender lead for the rest of the match.
Australia overcame rivals New Zealand 58-55 to win their 11th title.