“The message from President Mutharka is that he is proud of you for continuing to raise the Malawi flag higher and has promised to continue providing resources so that you can reclaim the top position in Africa,” Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Francis Phiso told the triumphant Queens when he welcomed them back home in Lilongwe on Tuesday.
The Queens went to the tournament on ninth position in International Netball Federation (INF) rankings and managed to be beat Barbados, Singapore, Zimbabwe, North Ireland
and rivals Uganda to reclaim their sixth place.
The top position in Africa is now held by South Africa’s Proteas.
The Minister promised to call for a meeting with all the stakeholders to find lasting solutions so that the Queens should break into the top four of the world rankings.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president Kungekire Matiya backed the minister’s call and also appealed to other stakeholders to support the Queens.
Matiya said she welcomes the call by the minister to have a stakeholder’s meeting, while assistant coach Whyte Mlilima appealed for adequate trainings and resources.
He said the team needs adequate resources for the Queens to train against better teams than us in order to break into the top four.
Queens captain Joana Kachilika asked the stakeholders to invest in modern netball infrastructure for them to compete on equal footing.
South Africa will host the next Netball World Cup in 2023.