Mvula’s Malawi beat rivals Uganda today to set up a fifth-place play-off against Jamaica on Sunday.
With South Africa in the semi-finals and Zimbabwe to battle Uganda for seventh place, half of the top eight countries at this World Cup are African – a first for the tournament.
The next World Cup – in 2023 – will be held in South Africa, and Mvula believes that African netball is thriving.
“I think now netball is Africa is coming up, so we just want to encourage other teams in Africa to work hard. We can be there – everything is possible.
“It (the World Cup in 2023) is a good opportunity for us, and some players can travel to watch the World Cup, which can help a lot. Just watching can prove a lot, and that’s great for the African nations.”
Malawi – like Uganda and Zimbabwe – have brought plenty of colour and exuberance to this tournament, and celebrated today’s win by dancing off court.
“This is what we do as Malawi – we entertain people! I just want to say thanks to the Malawi fans and my family, who have put me where I am today. I want to thank them for their support.”
Behind the fun, there is a serious edge to the Malawi’s aims in Liverpool – their guaranteed top-six finish belies their new world ranking of ninth.
Of that, Mvula said:
“We are now number nine in the world, but the two teams in seventh and eighth didn’t beat us, so it was hard for us. That’s what we discussed as a team – to fight for our position. That helped us a lot. If we were coming in as number six, we’d have been relaxed, but we came in to fight for our position.
“People were writing us off, so this is good for them – to know them we’re coming up.”