It's done: Malawi beat Zambia to finish top

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The Malawi national netball team continue with their winning form at the on-going Netball World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa, registering a third consecutive win after downing neighbours Zambia 61-49 win on Thursday.

The result means Malawi have finished top of Pool B with six points.

Both sides already qualified for the semifinals and clashed for the honours in the pool.

Unlike the Eswatini and Kenya match, the Queens faced a-somehow tough encounter against their neighbours who were in top form.

Just after the first whistle to mark the kick off of the match, the Zambians were the first to score before matters were levelled at 2-2 at some point.

The cat and rat chase continued, but Malawi had an upper hand finishing 15-9 in the first quarter. 

The second half saw both sides pushing for more goals, but the gap remained was only reduced to five goals by the neighbours as it ended 27-22.

Malawi pulled up their socks in the third quarter to finish 44-36. 

Joyce Mvula remained instrumental in the shooting position, no wonder coach Peace Chawinga Kalua maintained her in the squad.

Kaluwa rested Sindie Simtowe and Tendai Masamba in attack, while Lwazi was maintained at the centre partnering with Grace Mwafulirwa.

Martha Dambo was also outstanding in goal defence as Towera Vinkhumbo reverted to her goalkeeping post. 

Chawinga Kaluwa said she was happy with the outcome and was looking forward to the next game against Zimbabwe on Friday. 

"I am pleased, what matters most is a win and we finished top of the game utilising Zambia's mistakes. We had to stop them in the mid circle and we delivered," she said.

As runners-up, Zambia will face South Africa who top pool A. 

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