The Queens, Malawi National team were welcomed home on Tuesday after a sixth-place finish at the just ended Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, Malawi Sports Confirms.
Just as they arrived, there were hug and kisses from family members, friends and a handful of netball fans who welcomed our Queens.
South African Airways flight landed around 12:30 at Kamuzu International Airport, in which the Queens alighted from, shining and smiling, dressed in black pair of trousers, black shoes and red blouses.
Francis Phiso minster of Sports, Jameson Ndalama Director of Sport and other high-profile officials also welcomed the team.
Phiso had a quick message for the players, encouraging them to break top-three world rankings.
He said, “he was worried with the team being position nine but now he is happy they have done well to finish sixth, and encouraged them to work hard so that, in future, they should fight for top-three in the world.
Phiso also urged Netball Association of Malawi to start planning for the future by embarking on talent identification exercise, saying we should focus on identifying players for the future because we would not have the same players in the next three years.
Khungile Matiya, president of National Association of Malawi said the players displayed solid performance’s throughout the tournament.
“The players fought hard to reclaim position six in the world.it were not easy for us because competition was stiff as the rest of the teams were also tough, “she said.
White Mlilima, Malawi Queens assistant Coach said poor preparations were the main problem.
“It was difficult as we started building the team while we were already at the tournament, “he said.
The Queens beat Barbados, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Uganda and Zimbabwe but lost to Australia, Jamaica and New Zealand.
New Zealand were crowned champions after dethroning Australia following a 52-51 win in an entertaining final