Queens draw England, New Zealand at Commonwealth

Malawi Queens
  • Coach not shaken

The Malawi national netball team coach, Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa has said with proper preparations, her charges can upset giants at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth games next year.

A fresh draw conducted on Wednesday has seen Malawi being paired against England and New Zealand in Group B.

The draw comes barely days after the Queens failed to make it to the Tri-Nations championship due to financial constraints to carter for their quarantine fees as stated by Netball Association of Malawi (NAM).

Reacting to the draw, Chawinga-Kaluwa told the local press that the girls should have enough time together preparing for the games.

"Just like the Pent and Africa Netball championships, we failed to make a grade due to lack of preparations. This time we need to start earlier. The competition has strong teams, and for us also to be part of it, it means we are a strong side," she said. 

Chawinga-Kalua inspired the Queens to finish as runners-up at the Pent Series, and third at the Africa Netball Championship in Namibia, which were played a week apart.

Out of the 15-member-squad that she picked, the coach included four upcoming netballers including Flora Chipeta, Tendai Masamba, Shira Dimba, and Beauty Basiyao.

The other group at the Commonwealth games consist of Australia, Jamaica, and South Africa, while the other slots await the conclusion of the qualifying games.

Barbados, Uganda, and Scotland are the favourites to fill up the slots. 

The draw is somewhat similar to that of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where the Queens stunned New Zealand, lost to England and beat the hosts Scotland.