Malawi national netball team

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AssociationNetball Association of Malawi
ConfederationAfrica Netball
Head coachWhyte Mlilima (caretaker)
Asst coachGriffin Saenda Jr
INF ranking6
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Team colours
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World Championships
2015 placing6th
Best result5th (2007)
Commonwealth Games
2018 placing7th
Best result5th (2010), (2014)

The Malawi national netball team, nicknamed "The Queens", represent Malawi in international netball competition.


Malawi have played in five World Netball Championships, famously finishing fifth in 2007.[1] The Queens are coached by Whyte Mlilima, who was appointed as caretaker head coach after former coach Griffin Saenda had to withdraw from the team with medical problems.[2] As of January 2018, the team are sixth in the INF World Rankings.

In 2012 they competed in the Fast5 tournament in Auckland, where they have had several historic results including wins over Australia and England, and finished in 5th place, just narrowly missing out on the finals. This followed a draw against Australia in the 2010 Edition. Airtel Malawi is a significant financial donor of the Malawi Queens, having sponsored their trip to Auckland for the Fast5 World Series in 2014 to a sum of K6 M.[3] The current Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) president is Carol Bapu.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Malawi defeated the second-ranked team in the world, New Zealand, for the first time in history.[4]


2018 Commonwealth Games team[edit]

Malawi national netball team
Players[5] Coaching staff[2]
  • Jane Chimaliro
  • Martha Dambo
  • Thandie Galleta
  • Joanna Kachilika
  • Bridget Kumwenda
  • Mwayi Kumwenda
  • Takondwa Lwazi
  • Caroline Mtukele
  • Joyce Mvula
  • Loreen Ngwira
  • Sindi Simtowe
  • Towera Vinkhumbo
  • Head coach: Whyte Mlilima
  • Asst coach: Griffin Saenda Jr

Notable past players[edit]

Competitive history[edit]

Netball World Cup
Year Championship Location Placing
1995 9th World Championships Birmingham, England 8th
1999 10th World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand DNQ
2003 11th World Championships Kingston, Jamaica DNQ
2007 12th World Championships Auckland, New Zealand 5th
2011 13th World Championships Singapore 6th
2015 14th World Cup Sydney, Australia 6th
Netball at the Commonwealth Games
Year Games Event Location Placing
2006 XVIII Games 3rd Netball Melbourne, Australia 6th
2010 XIX Games 4th Netball Delhi, India 5th
2014 XX Games 5th Netball Glasgow, Scotland 5th
2018 XXI Games 6th Netball Gold Coast, Australia TBD
World Netball Series
Year Championship Location Placing
2009 1st World Series Manchester, England 5th
2010 2nd World Series Manchester, England 5th
2011 3rd World Series Liverpool, England DNQ
2012 4th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 5th
2013 5th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 5th
2014 6th World Series Auckland, New Zealand 6th
2016 7th World Series Melbourne, Australia Med 3.png 3rd
2017 8th World Series Melbourne, Australia 6th



  1. ^ Gay, Edward (17 November 2007). "Jubilant Malawi finish fifth". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b Mbewe, Chipambano (18 March 2018). "Malawi Queens depart without head coach Saenda: NAM appoints Mlilima as caretaker". Nyasa Times. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  3. ^ Face of Malawi, Oct 29, 2014
  4. ^ "Minnows Malawi shock Silver Ferns to leave New Zealand in danger of missing Commonwealth Games glory". 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 Commonwealth Games team profile: Malawi Netball". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ NZ Yahoo Sports