Diamonds led 15-6 going into the second quarter and were 32-9 up by half time owing to pin-point accuracy in front of the basket by their towering goal shooter Alinafe Kamwala and experienced Malawi Queens attacker Jesse Mazengera Sanudi. That coupled with the defending prowess of experienced Malawi Queens defenders Caroline Ngwira and Towera Vinkhumbo proved quite a menace to Serenity’s peace.
The worst to come for Serenity was to be the third quarter in which they only managed four baskets as they we completely shut out by the Diamonds whose player in general towered over the side formerly sponsored by Alliance One but is now running without a sponsor (typical of most teams in the league).
In the final quarter, Serenity tried some long range shots which worked somewhat; and Kukoma, assured of victory made a number of changes to their side.
Assistant coach for Diamonds Noel Mussa chose to downplay their win as Serenity stunned giants Thunder Queens in their opening fixture of the league.
Towera Vinkhumbo (C) marks a Serenity attacker
‘In a game of netball, there’s no small team, the goal margin is huge because our players are more experienced than theirs. We are looking forward to winning more games particularly the one against Thunder,” he said.
His Serenity opponent Zikani Gavin blamed their loss on the physicality of the game.
“Our opponents we playing a physical game which resulted in one of our defenders getting injured.
“We were also missing our key shooter who is out of the country with the TESSAM [Tertiary Students Sports Association] team,” he said adding they have learnt their lessons.
Thus far, Kukoma have played seven games and won them all while Serenity who have a game in hand have won four.
In the day's other games, Thunder Queens beat Chilomoni Sisters 60-33 to stay second with 10 points from seven games while fifth-placed Shizaela lost 39-49 to third-placed Prison United. The 10-team league is sponsored to the tune of MK6.7 million by Rainbow Paints.