Before the World Cup, the Malawi Queens were ranked 9 in world netball.
The Queens played passing netball as compared to Jamaica’s direct netball. However, the Sunshine Girls’ direct netball earned them a 20-13 lead in first quarter, and won the second quarter with scores 37-28, third quarter with 52-41 and took 68-50 lead at the end of the match.
Though they finished at a position they set to achieve, MQ’s assistant coach, Whyte Mlilima, told a local newspaper that his team had not improved.
Mlilima blamed lack of enough preparations as a catalyst for the Queens under-improvement.
“We need to play more international matches,” he said.
The Queens, who went to the tournament on ninth position in International Netball Federation (INF) rankings, lost only to New Zealand, Australia and Jamaica but managed to beat Barbados, Singapore, Zimbabwe, North Ireland and Uganda.
England won bronze by beating South Africa 58-42 in their third position play-off match. On the other hand, New Zealand upset Australia in a thriller to win Netball World Cup 2019 final by 52-51.