Malawi under-20 netball team has been thrashed by South Africa in a final match at the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Regional 5 Youth games in Botswana after making it to the last encounter by beating hosts Botswana with 55 to 40 baskets this week on Tuesday.
The team was mercilessly beaten by South African ladies by 29 to 61 baskets to let slip of the most wanted gold medal and instead bag home a silver medal.
The team led by Thunder Queens coach Christina Mkwanda Nsinji, was beaten by the very same opponents on Sunday, 9 December, 2018 in the opening match of the competition by at least a slim margin; 38-48.
Commenting on the loss, Mkwanda told a leading local Newspaper that the girls deserve credit despite the loss, and also admitted that the opponents played better than them.
“The girls played well today only that our opponents were much better, especially on the attack. We could have done better had we not misplaced a lot of passes. All the same, it is no mean achievement to win silver,” she said.
In the whole competition, Malawi defeated Lesotho 60-30, Zambia 56-32, Zimbabwe 40-37, Namibia 68-29 and Botswana 55-40.
This was the first time for the under-20 netball team to be gathered for an international tournament in three years, and the silver medal won by them is no mean achievement since Malawi has no league for the juniors.