Malawi Queens crush Zim to qualify for 2023 Netball World Cup

Netball

The Malawi Queens crushed Zimbabwe to book a final berth at the ongoing 2023 NetballWorld Cup Qualifiers in South Africa and assure themselves of another appearance at the Netball World Cup.

Coach Peace Chawinga Kalua maintained her confidence in the Joy Mvula, Jane Chimaliro partnership in attack; with up and coming Martha Dimba in defense alongside trusted goalkeeper and queen of intercepts Towera Vinkhumbo. 

Takondwa Lwazi was her usual magical centre pass best assisted by Thandi Galeta and Grace Mwafulirwa on the wings.

The combination paid dividends as Malawi opened up a 14-point gap by halftime to lead Zimbabwe 32-12.

Mvula continued to create spaces for herself and capitalised on her height advantage to catch aerial balls and convert them into goals as Malawi extended their lead in the third quarter.

Mvula continued to partner like glue with largely unmarked player of the match Lwazi to ensure a more improved goal accuracy to lead 44-28 by the end of the third quarter.

Kalua made some wholesale changes in the last quarter, resting Mvula and Chimaliro, bringing in Tendai Masamba and the silent assassin, sniper Sindi Simutowe.

Laureen Ngwira and captain Carol Ngwira also had a whiff of the match.

The Zimbabweans had their moments too but there was little they could do to close the gaping gap. And so Malawi cruised to 62-41 a victory to assure themselves a place at next year's finals.

Kalua was happy that the combinations she tried out have worked out.

"The aim was to qualify for the World Cup and we've done that," said a beaming Kalua.

Coach for Zimbabwe was not happy that Mvula was over protected.

Malawi have so far been unbeaten at the qualifiers.