Clubs for which Malawi’s overseas-based netball stars Joyce Mvula and Mwawi Kumwenda play continue to shine in their respective United Kingdom and Australia top-flight leagues.
Mvula’s Manchester Thunder chalked their 15th straight win in the Vitality Superleague when they beat Wasps 88-57 on Saturday.
They top the 11-team league with 45 points.
According to skysports.com, the gangly Malawi Queens shooter shone brightly as she converted baskets with remarkable ease.
However, her compatriot and Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda’s team Strathclyde Sirens lost 52-46 to Loughborough Lightning.
It was the ninth defeat for Sirens who lie eighth with 12 points from 13 matches, having won only four.
In Australia, Kumwenda’s Vixens beat Adelaide Thunderbirds 53-47 to register their fifth win out of six games.
They top the eight-team league with 10 points from six matches.
In an interview yesterday, Kumwenda said they were relieved to recover from their first defeat of the campaign last week to Sunshine Coast Lightning 71-38.
She said: “It was a great game and we were all excited with the win, especially coming after registering our first loss last week.
The defeat last week was a timely wake-up call.”
Ironically, both Mvula and Kumwenda are fourth leading scorers in their respective leagues.
Mvula has scored 345 goals, 154 baskets behind leading scorer Mary Cholhok (Laughborough Lightining) while Kumwenda has scored 221 baskets, 38 behind leading scorer Shimona Nelson (Magpies).