Referring to Thursdayâ€™s meeting with Botswana, Tanzaniaâ€™s Daily Mail wrote â€œas usual Malawi, playing their stylish netball proved to be too strong for the towering Botswana ladies on Saturday.â€
The Griffin Saenda side finished the 10-day event with five straight wins, including over the hosts Taifa Queens, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana.
â€œIt is always nice to defend the title and make the nation proud again,â€ Saenda was quoted as saying on www.dailynews.co.tz.
The Guardian newspaper also carried a story on the tournament under a headline: â€œTaifa Queens in second position, minister challenges sports bodies.â€
â€œThe sixth national netball championship ends today at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam with the host team, Taifa Queens assured of emerging second from title holders Malawi. Taifa Queens have lost one match, against Malawi. They won against Lesotho 57-13, lost to Malawi 34-30 and beat Zambia 37-33,â€ wrote the newspaper.
The Citizen admitted that the Malawi Queens were â€˜unstoppableâ€™ having reportedly defeated Tanzania 89-72 in a reverse fixture of the tournament. Malawi won the first match 34-30 last week.
â€œMalawi are a great team. We played them knowing that they are difficult to beat, but I am confident that my girls will put the defeat behind them and win todayâ€™s matches,â€ said Tanzania coach Mary Protas who worked with consultant Mary Waya.