The Malawi Netball Queens regrouped on Sunday to start preparations for the 2019 Netball World Cup slated for Liverpool, England next month.
According to coach Griffin Saenda, 18 local players started training at Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) as they await the arrival of two foreign-based stars Joyce Mvula and Laureen Ngwira.
Saenda said so he is optimistic that the team will prepare well for the competition.
“This is a big tournament and we are trying our best to ensure we prepare thoroughly. So far, we have about a month for the preparations and as coaches we believe it is enough time to work on the team. Our main focus now is to train well and we are not setting any targets for the competition,” Saenda said.
The 6th ranked team Queens will compete against the likes of New Zealand, Australia, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Barbados, Singapore, Sri Lanka, England, Scotland, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and others.
The Queens started their non-residential preparations last month when Saenda named a 20-member squad.
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 will take place over 20 thrilling sessions of netball from 12-21 July 2019.
“Two sessions of netball will take place each day, with at least two matches being played per session. For the first four days of the competition (12-15 July), there will be two courts in the arena, with matches taking place simultaneously. From 16 July onwards matches will take place on one court,” reads the update on the website.
Malawi vs New Zealand will be the opening match from 9:00 am at M&S Bank Arena.