Malawi teams on a roll

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Malawi continued their dominance over South Africa in netball; a club side from that country clinched the African Netball Club Championships title in Soweto on Sunday.

The fourth edition of the yearly competition, which involved 24 clubs from Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho, took place at Elkah Stadium.

The tournament, whose theme is "Africa unite against women and child abuse", started on Saturday morning.

Star-studded Malawi Tigres offered a free netball lesson to Soweto's Chipeya Academy, winning 36-29 in an exciting women's final.

The Malawi national team have been beating South Africa's Proteas, most recently at the World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, last month.

"The Malawians are pretty good, you can't take anything away from them," said tournament director Professor Chipeya.

In the men's final, Chipeya Academy captured the title after beating Bay Sharks from KwaZulu-Natal 28-25 in a closely contested final.

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng MEC sports, arts, culture and recreation, who attended the games, said they were delighted to see an international tournament in Soweto.

She said this is in line with the policy to make Gauteng the home of competitive sports and champions.