Malawi Queens and the Flames returned home from their respective assignments aboard the same plane that arrived at Chileka Airport, Blantyre yesterday.
The Malawi National Netball Team, the Queens, finished third in the Africa Netball Cup Championship in Windhoek, Namibia while the Malawi National Football Team lost 1-0 to Mozambique’s Mambas in the World Cup qualifiers in Benin to finish last in their Group D.
The Flames coach Meck Mwase declined to comment on the team’s loss to Mozambique.
However, vice-captain John Banda said the result would not affect the delayed Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals in January.
The Flames have lost four consecutive games in five matches.
Netball Association of Malawi vice-chairperson Chimwemwe Bakali said they travelled well.
“We boarded Ethiopian Airlines flight number ET 883 from Namibia to Addis Ababa on 17th November and today Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa to Blantyre. We met the Flames in Addis Ababa.” he said
In an interview, Queens goal defender Grace Mwafulirwa attributed the bronze medal performance in the Africa Netball Cup and second-place in the Pent Series in Namibia to inadequate preparations.
Malawi tied 13 on points with Uganda after the two teams drew 44-44 in their last game, but the She-Cranes pipped the Queens on a better goal aggregate.