ZAMBIA’S Chipolopolo queens were yesterday knocked-out of the on-going World Cup Netball Championship after losing 71-44 to Wales in their second Pool D match at Allphones Arena in Australia.
The Zambian Queens who had lost their first game to Uganda with a 74-38 scoreline needed to beat Wales to keep the hope of qualifying to the quarter-finals.
It was a tight first quarter ending on a 14-11 in favour of Wales despite Zambia putting up a good run.
Wales returned to the second quarter rejuvenated registering 23-11 scoreline to increase the gap against Zambia.
Zambia lost vigour giving away the game to Wales with the third and final quarters losing 20-12 and 14-10 respectively.
Wales had 45 goals from centre passes while Zambia managed to net 32.
The Welsh team had nine goals from the grain and 17 from turnovers while Zambia’s record was three and seven respectively.
Meanwhile, coach Charles Zulu said the Chipolopolo Queens could have won the game if they had put in more effort.
“We could have won the game if the girls had pushed harder. I feel bad that we have lost and definitely not qualifying for the quarter final stage. We will work on the weaknesses and win the last game,” he said.
Wales goal attacker Nichola James said the win had built their confidence ahead of the last preliminary match against Uganda.
“The first quarter was quite intense but we danced in the final round. I am happy that we have qualified to the quarter-final and hope to advance further. We are ranked eighth in the world and working on improving on it,” she said.
In the other Pool D match, Uganda stunned Fiji 61-40 to join Wales in the quarter finals.
Zambia is today scheduled to play a game of pride against Fiji.