Malawi Queens coach Griffin Saenda says the inclusion of three previously uncapped players in the squad which defended the Africa Netball Championship was one of the ways designed to safeguard Malawi national netball team interests and exploits in future.
Saenda included Under-21 products Thandi Galeta and Bingu Tigresses shooter-cum-defender Lauren Ngwira alongside Civonets' Jane Chimaliro in the squad.
The trio featured in all but one games for the African champions in Tanzania as the team finished the tournament with its 100 percent winning record intact.
"I had to include them in the squad basing on our future plans. Much as we appreciate that the national netball team is under renaissance after some senior players retired from the Queens, it does not mean that we should stop fusing in blossoming players into the squad," he said.
Saenda was also particularly impressed with Galeta and Ngwira for their outstanding performance.
"They have the qualities. Thandi as an attacking player is good with her movements while Lauren has the height and we just need to teach her how to make the most of it whether in attack or defence," he said.
Interestingly the two have been developing at junior levels quickly. They both featured for the victorious Under-20 national netball team that won gold medal in Swaziland during Zone VI Games in 2010 before they featured for the Under-21 which lifted the Cosana championship in Namibia last year.
After the retirement of some senior players, Queens started its rebuilding exercise which saw some youthful talent like Joyce Mvula and Bridget Kumwenda being drafted into the team.
The likes of Sindie Simtowe, Grace Mwafulirwa-Mhango, Joanna Kachilika and Towera Vinkhumbo fighting for the starting line-up after being Queen makers and bench warmers for some time.
Saenda, who returned to head the Queens' technical panel after Edith Kaliati resigned, said there was a need for the senior team to continually compete in reputable competitions to break into top four in the world currently dominated by superpowers New Zealand, Australia, England and Jamaica.