The Presidential Netball Cup final throws-off today at Blantyre Youth Centre with top guns vowing to win the championship.
The draw for the national stage of the tournament was scheduled to take place last evening with the top guns Blue Eagles Sisters, Tigresses, Civo Nets and Kukoma Diamonds avoiding each other.
Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) general secretary Carol Bapu said the group stages will wrap up today while the third place play-offs and final will be played on Saturday.
“The teams will be put in four groups with the winners progressing to the semi-finals to be played on Friday,” said Bapu.
Defending champions Tigresses’ assistant coach Charles Mhango said they expect strong resistance from their opponents, but was optimistic they will retain the title.
“It will not be an easy tournament because we are aware that all teams are ready for the matches,” he said.
Meanwhile, Thunder Queens former MTL Queens have been training without a coach after Mary Waya dumped them to join Alliance Capital Stars.
But their player and spokesperson Esther Kayira said they have not allowed Waya’s absence to affect their preparations.
“We have been training normally despite not having a coach after the coach just disappeared without a word,” she said.
“What is happening is that every player who has knowledge of particular tactics is able to coach the team.”
Thunder Queens have not been seeded and would meet one of the strong sides.
However, Kayira said they are not bothered with the tough fixtures.
On their part, Lilongwe based Civo Nets said they want to win the trophy in honour of their fallen coach Connis Mhone who died last week after a bout with cancer.
Assistant coach White Mlilima said: “Connis wanted to take this team far. It will be a great tribute to her if we win the trophy.”
Other teams taking part in the competition are Mafco Sisters, Lameck Queens, Mimosa Queens, Alliance Capital Stars, Prison Queens, Green Eagles and Young Sisters.
The winners will pocket K4 million, the runners-up will cart home K2 million while the third placed team will receive K1 million.