Malawi Queens reclaim world netball's 6th spot

Malawi Queens

The Malawi national netball team has reclaimed it's sixth place on the world rankings after dislodging Uganda.

International Netball Federation (INF) released the new rankings on Wednesday, July 1.

Uganda was becoming a thorn in Malawi's flesh as they slowly gained mileage to overtake Malawi especially last year when they took over the sixth-place.

However, the Queen's gained more points after beating them twice at the Africa Netball Cup in South Africa last year and World Cup in England.

The rankings put Zimbabwe up one step to 12th.

Australia mantain their first place, while New Zealand remain second.

England has taken over Jamaica's third place and pushed it to fourth.

South Africa has also maintained fifth-place. 

According to the ranking posted on INF website, they include games played by the date of release.

Teams earn points in a match depending on the result, whether they win, lose or tie, and also the position of the opponent they played with to attain such a result.

"The higher an opponent’s rating the more points are earned for beating them. Malawi Queens return to position six in the world means they will take part in this year's Fast5 World Netball Series," said Chimwemwe Nyirenda, one of the netball analysts in the country.

The rankings come at a time when sporting activities have been suspended in most countries including the Vitality Netball League in England.

Malawi Queens are also not playing since government ordered the same due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.