Goal attacker Sindi Simutoweâ€™s sheer quality shone like a beacon on Thursday evening when she inspired the Queens to thrash Botswana 63-29 at the ongoing Diamond Challenge in Pretoria, South Africa.
It was the second successive triumph for Malawi who beat Zambia 75-32 in their first game of the tournament.
Simutowe played out of her skin as she teased and tormented the Tswanas who appeared bemused by her five-star display that earned her player of the match award. She pocketed R1 000 (about K32 000).
The Queens were in total control. They dominated possession and forced their opponents into rearguard action.
Queens coach Griffin â€˜Zagalloâ€™ Saenda was delighted with the teamâ€™s breathtaking performance: “It was a lively performance. We dominated the proceedings from start to finish.”
Australia-based gangly goal shooter Mwawi Kumwenda netted the bulk of baskets for the Queens against Botswana. She was also named the outstanding player in the game against Zambia and also pocketed R1 000.
As we went to press, Queens were taking on arch-rivals and hosts South Africaâ€™s Proteas in a contest that was to be nerve-shredding.