Region 5 Games Update: Mixed fortunes for Malawi teams

Swimming

Malawi continued to experience mixed fortunes as the ongoing African Union Sports Councils Region Five games in Lilongwe with some of teams winning and other losing.

After losing their first game to South Africa, Malawi netball Under-19 team is within sniffing distance of yet another silver medal at the Region 5 games following their 42-37 win over Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe has been given Malawi a good run lately and were leading 9-8 at the end of the first quarter. But by half time, Malawi have overturned table and were barely leading 20-19.

It was only in the final quarter that the Queens were able to slip away from the junior Gemz to record a hard-fought 42-37 win.

Malawi netball
Victorious: Malawi netball team

Coach Beatrice Mpinganjira admitted it was a tough game

"We we're sluggish a little bit especially in our defence, so we have to work on it. [Otherwise, they're improving everyday.

Beatrice Mpinganjira
Mpinganjira: Zambia jas short shooters

Next up for Malawi is the noisy neighbours.

"Zambia has short shooters, so we have to mark them," she said.

In girls volleyball, the Malawi team appeared to shrug off some of the nerves that led to their 3-0 opening games loss to Botswana when won the first set 22-25 against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

But the Zimbabweans came back to level the match at 1-1. But Malawi came out blazing in the third set and were at one point leading 23-18, meaning they only needed two points to win the set. But lack of experience at international level got the better of them and they let the lead slip away to lose the set 24-26. They kept fighting in the fourth set but still went down 25-22.

Malawi will be hoping to resurrect their chances of reaching the semi-finals when they take on Group B runners-up in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The boys volleyball team was also in action  as they faced South Africa. South Africa proved too strong for they boys as they won the game 3 – 0. The first set ended South Africa 25 Malawi 17, the second 25 Malawi 23 and the third like the second. The result means the boys do not have any chance of winning a medal at the games.

In basketball, the boys Under-16 basketball team played against one the tournament favourites Mozambique at the Griffin Saenda Sports complex. The Malawians proved too strong for the Mozambicans as they won the game 69 – 48 baskets. The next assignment for the boys is Zambia.

Boxing started on Tuesday, at the Bingu International Convention Center. Team Malawi had five boxerd in action on the first day of boxing.  Wilson Phiri fighting in the 71 kg light weight category defeated Tinashe Matendere of Zimbabwe through knock out in the first round to reach the semi-final of the 71 kg light weight category.

Mphatso Makwinja fighting in the 57 kg featherweight category lost to South Africa’s Tshepo Makebele on points. Stephano Binauli fighting in the 51 kg fly weight category lost to Thomas Ishidhimbwa on points, while Thandizo Kaunda fighting in the women 57 kg featherweight category lost to Keobakeng Philip of Botswana through knock out in the second round. Harvey boston fighting in the 63.5 kg lost to Namibia’s Alfeus Modino on points.

Malawian swimmers at the 10th edition of the AUSC youth games have found it tough to compete with their opponents as they have not been able to win an event. The same also applies to the tennis team which has performed poorly.