Many sports pundits have dubbed the encounter as a ‘huge Blantyre netball derby’ capable of pulling multitudes of followers.
Diamonds are on the summit of the netball league while Thunder are second and the Saturday’s outcome will have a true bearing on the log standing.
Diamonds captain, Caroline Ngwira has vowed to suffocate their opponents considering the way they have trained.
“We are leaving no stone unturned because any victory against Thunder means getting closer to the title. We are fully prepared and every player is eager for the game,” she told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday in Blantyre.
Diamonds is beaming with confidence following the availability of experienced players in the likes of Jessica Sanudi, Alinafe Kamwala, Bridget Chalera and Shiera Dimba.
Thunder Queens Captain, Joana Kachilika has sent a warning signal to the Champions, emphasizing that they would be the first team to beat Diamonds this season.
“There is no room to get complacent. We respect Diamonds, but we will take them head on. For us to be champions, we have to beat our rivals,” she said.
Thunder Queens boast of skillful players in the likes of Thandiwe Galeta, Kachilika and Martha Dambo.
In another equally exciting fixture, Machinjiri Sisters take on Tigresses at the same venue on Saturday afternoon.
Southern Region Netball League General Secretary, Annie Hanjahanja said weekend games would mark the end of the first round.
She urged netball lovers in Blantyre and surrounding districts to come in their large numbers to appreciate cream of the country’s netball.
Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League Fixture
Sunday July 22, 2018
1. Machinjiri Sisters vs Tigresses 12 noon
2. Shizaella Queens vs Gerald Tasaukadala 1:30pm
3. Kukoma Diamonds vs Thunder Queens 3pm