MELBOURNE (Malawi NewsNow)- Malawi National Netball team popularly known as the ‘Queens’ have finally done the nation proud after clinching third place in the just ended Fast5 World Championship Series in Australia.
The Malawi Queen overcame England 35-32 in one of the upsets of the tournament to secure third place and their best finish against the top six netball nations.
Since the Queens have been participating in the series, they have never managed to break through into top three.
However, the change of coaching staff has managed to leap positive results as Griffin Saenda renowned for writing impressive history of the Queens returned to the helm of leadership.
Saenda is the pinnacle of leadership that made the Queens a formidable force in the Africa and in the world.
Despite unimpressive start to the series on day one, the Queens managed to pick up themselves and scooped what was only imaginable position.
In day one, the Queens lost to Australia 24-23 and England 43-22 before beating Jamaica 46 to 12 baskets. In day two Malawi beat South Africa 36-21 before falling to New Zealand 52-27, but qualified for play-offs.
The Queens beat England 35-32 in the play-offs while fellow Africans, South Africa lost to Jamaica 34-33.
The position is likely to push the Queens back at the summit of African netball rankings currently being held by South Africa.
Saenda Snr went to the tournament with a 10-member squad for after chopping off 12 players from the 22 that were in camp.
One of the notable faces that were dropped included shooter Sindi ‘Sniper’ Simutowe, towering goal-defender Lauren Ngwira, Beatrice Mpinganjira and Alinafe Kamwala.
New Zealand have blown Australia away 41-16 in the final of the Fast 5s netball world series on the back of another prolific points effort from sharp shooter Maria Tutaia at Hisense Arena .
Australia were favourites heading into the final after reaching the decider undefeated and claiming the prize scalp of the Silver Ferns 32-29 in their electrifying pool game on Saturday night.