Malawi Queens Back to Position 6 on World Rankings

Takondwa Lwazi in the national team colors at the 2019 Africa Netball Championship Takondwa Lwazi in the national team colors at the 2019 Africa Netball Championship

The Malawi national netball team the Queens, displaced Uganda and return to position six in the International Netball Federation rankings which were released on 1st July 2020.

Malawi Queens gained more points at the Africa Netball Cup which took place in South Africa last year and also beating Uganda twice at the 2019 World Cup as well as at the Africa Netball Cup in Cape Town, South Africa played a crucial role in displacing the She Cranes.

Uganda's She Cranes fairytale rise to stardom in international netball only came to public notice two years ago when they beat Malawi back to back at the Africa Netball Cup in Kampala, Lusaka and the Netball World Cup in England.

In 2013 they were outside the top 24 in world rankings. In 2015 they improved to position 14 thanks in no small part to their captain and England based talismanic shooter Peace Proscovia. It is only last year they moved into the top six.

Malawi Queens gained more points after beating Uganda (who were above them) and didn’t lose to teams below them. Uganda dropped points which affected their rating after losing to Malawi Queens which were below them on the INF rankings and failed to beat South Africa who are above them on fifth.

The latest rankings see Malawi move up one place to 6th, Uganda move down to 7th while Zimbabwe move up a place to 12th and Barbados down to 13th

Malawi Queens Return to position 6 in the world means they will take part in this year's Fast5 World Netball Series.

The latest rankings see Australia retain their position as the top team in the world, however New Zealand is closing the gap in second place.  England overtake Jamaica to claim back third place.

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Last modified on Thursday, 02/07/2020

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