NAM banks on African Championships for rankings

Malawi Queens

Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) says they are banking on the African Netball Championship to improve the rankings of the Malawi netball team following their invitation to take part this year in South Africa.

The Queens dropped three steps to nine on the latest International Netball Federation rankings released last month.

Uganda displaced Queens on the latest rankings about a week before the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup kickoff in Liverpool.

NAM general secretary Carol Bapu confirmed the invitation saying the championship will take place in October.

“We got the invitation and we are ready to go participate because such competitions have an impact on the world rankings. We therefore need to plan well and ensure we continue from where we finished at the World Cup games so that we can reclaim our position on the rankings. Meanwhile we have not sent the budget to government as our sponsors because the invitation lacks some information which we are seeking clarification before we start planning,” she said.

Uganda won the championship last year which was hosted by Zambia after beating Zimbabwe.

Malawi participated at the competition and started on a high after beating Zimbabwe 79-43 in their opening match.

They narrowly lost to Zambia 56-54, before suffering another loss to Uganda 51-46.

Despite the poor run, the Queens qualified for the world cup alongside Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Malawi finished sixth at the netball world cup led by Griffin Saenda and Whyte Mulilima.

On their return from Liverpool, Mulilima expressed satisfaction that the team is on the right track and just needed to be active by participating in other competitions and friendly games.

The two were hired to manage the team for a year.