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18 July 2019 | Uncategorized

Malawi motivated by top six desire – Vinkhumbo

A burning desire to regain their status in the world's top six sits alongside Malawi's fun-loving attitude at the Vitality Netball World Cup, says Towera Vinkhumbo.

Vinkhumbo was outstanding as the Queens beat Zimbabwe 59-43 today, securing third place in Group F.

That status means that they will play the fourth-placed team in Group G for the right to compete in the fifth-place play-off on Sunday, and Vinkhumbo says that a top-six finish would mean the world to the Queens.

She said:

“It was sad when we moved down the world rankings – from number six to number nine. We got the news when we were here, so we need to make sure we beat all of the teams around us.

“We have only lost to Australia and to New Zealand, and now we want to maintain our position by winning all the games that are coming up. It would mean a lot to finish in the top six.”

Both Malawi and Zimbabwe knew that a victory today could give them – at least on paper – a more favourable next fixture, and the Malawians showed their delight at their victory by joining their fans in joyous celebrations after the game.

Vinkhumbo continued:

“We are having fun! We planned that if we beat Zimbabwe, we would dance. They danced as we entered the court, so we said if we beat them we would dance afterwards!”