Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) is all smiles for Malawi under-20 Netball team for winning silver medal at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Regional 5 Youth games in Gaborone, Botswana.
The junior queens finished second at the AU competition after losing to South Africa by a margin of 32 (29-61) baskets to part ways with a gold medal, in a game they played without four first teamers due to injury.
The Malawi netball body’s General Secretary, Carol Bapu, expressed her happiness on the team’s performance, but was also worried for the teams failure to bring home gold.
“We are happy for their performance as NAM, we are just a little worried since we lost in the very last game [final]. We lost just because our four players got injured which disturbed the performance of our girls, but all in all we are happy for them,” she told a local radio station.
The GS also said NAM has planned to continue bringing together the young-stars since they have proved to be prospective greats for the nation’s senior netball team.
“We will try as much as we can to continue being with them because they are the very same girls that we are going to rely on to play for the senior team in the future,” she said.
She also added that: “if the four girls had not been injured we are sure we would’ve won the trophy, but all in all we take it as God’s plan and we know there is always next time, and we are happy for the girls, they represented us and they have done well.”
In the whole competition, Malawi defeated Lesotho 60-30, Zambia 56-32, Zimbabwe 40-37, Namibia 68-29 and Botswana 55-40.