BY STEVEN WYSON
Malawi national netball team, recovered from their worst start after thrashing unranked Kenya 72-34 in an Africa Netball Cup at Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday.
It was a timely response from the seventh ranked side after losing their opening game to the hosts, Spar Proteas, 56-51 on Friday.
The win is crucial as it gives Malawi’s chances of finishing among the top two teams alive.
The Queens are expected to face Zambia today before clashing with defending champions Uganda Monday.
During the match against Kenya, Queens Coach Peace Chawinga- Kaluwa, made three changes to the team that started against South Africa by replacing Towera Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda with Lauren Ngwira whereas Bridget Kumwenda-Chalera started ahead of Beatrice Mpinganjira.
Jane Chimaliro also paved way for Sindie Simtowe-Msowoya.
Malawi led 19-4 in the first before increasing the lead to 38-18 at half time. In the third quarter the Queens continued to attack and increased the lead to 53-28.
Malawi also made some changes with Martha Dambo replacing Grace Mwafulirwa-Mhango whereas Jessica Mazengera-Sanudi was introduced for Simtowe-Msowoya.
Late on Takondwa Lwazi was substituted for Mpinganjira before Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda went in for Ngwira.
There were other cautious changes which also saw Joyce Mvula and Caroline Mtukule-Ngwira being taken off.
Malawi will conclude the campaign with a tie against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.