The Malawi Queens have today crushed Uganda’s hopes of retaining the Africa Netball Cup.
She Cranes battled strongly but lost 45-49 in a game played in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Uganda She Cranes are now placed third on the log after suffering defeats to South Africa and Malawi.
Uganda can only fight to finish in second place by defeating Kenya tomorrow and scoring more goals than Malawi who have a game in hand.
In this particular game, Africa’s second and third ranked National netball teams, Uganda She Cranes and Malawi Queens played neck to neck on the fourth day of the Africa Netball Cup, with Malawi winning 49-45.
Malawi’s Head Coach Peace Kaluwa attributed her team’s victory to sticking to the strategy of defending Uganda’s tall goal shooter Mary Nuba and intercepting as many balls to her from the center and wings as possible.
“I’m so proud of my girls…They did exactly what we instructed them to do,” said Kaluwa.
Uganda’s Head Coach, Rashi Mubiru said that the She Cranes faced a more experienced Malawian Squad with players like Joyce Mvule, Takondwa Lwanzi among others.
“When you look at Malawi they have experienced players and yet we fielded young upcoming players,” said Mubiru.
Malawi and Uganda have played 5 times in the past three years with Uganda defeating the Queens thrice, at the 2018 Commonwealth Games 54-52, in the 2017 Africa Netball Cup 66-43, and during two international friendly matches 67-34 and 52-39.