Lilongwe: The Malawian national netball team has qualified automatically for the 2019 Liverpool Netball World Cup following an improvement on their International Netball Federation (INF) rankings released on July 1.
According to reports, Malawi Queens gained more points from their performance at the last Commonwealth Games after beating New Zealand who were by then world’s number 2 on INF rankings.
Initially, Malawi had ended on 7th position at the Commonwealth Games which were held at Gold Coast in Australia but now they are 6th.
Other automatic qualifiers are the hosts England, Australia (1st), New Zealand (3rd) and Jamaica (4th).
Other African countries will have to fight for the 2019 Netball World Cup qualifications spots in Lusaka, Zambia during the 7th Africa Netball Championship, whose defending champions are Uganda with Malawi as runners-up.
Malawi last hosted the African Championship in 2013.
Also on the agenda in Lusaka shall be the African Netball federation’s annual general meeting as well as workshops on governance and administration facilitated by the INF.