The Malawi Queens squad is in Bloemfontein ahead of the three day Spar Netball Challenge slated for Sun City from 26-30 November 2020.
Upon arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday last week, the Queens squad entered into five day self-isolation in respect of that country’s Covid-19 rules and regulations.
On Thursday, Covid-19 samples were taken and all turned out negative, Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary Carol Bapu said in an interview.
She said: “We are now in Sun city from Johannesburg. The team is now ready for the games and will resume training today (Monday).
The girls will be training twice a day from Monday to Wednesday before playing their first match on Thursday.”
The three day test series involving the host Proteas and Malawi Queens begins on 26 and will end 30 November in Rustenburg, South Africa.
The Queens squad left the country on Monday through Chileka International Airport without leading shooters Mwai Kumwenda and Joyce Mvula.
Vixens cleared Mwai Kumwenda but she has excused herself on grounds that she is on holiday whereas Joyce Mvula reportedly missed the trip due to club commitments, Netball Association of Malawi said in a brief statement.
The squad has seven defenders, four attackers and four shooters, five of whom are new faces (Beauty Basiyao, Maggie Sikwese, Tendai Masamba, Juliet Sambo and Mary Nyirenda).
Towela Vinkhumbo returns to the squad after nearly a year long absence, joining the Queens’s defence alongside Captain Caroline Mtukule, Martha Dambo, Grace Mwafulirwa, Juliet Sambo, Beauty Basiyao and Maggie Sikwese.
Enterprising Queens’s attacker Takondwa Lwazi forms a formidable quadruple attacking machinery setup together with Bridget Kumwenda, Thandie Galeta and Beatrice Mpinganjira.
Queens’s shooters traveling with the team include Sindie Simtowe, Jessica Mazengera, Tendai Masamba and Mary Nyirenda