ZAMBIA yesterday beat hosts Singapore 50-45 in a tough game to storm the grand finals of the Six-Nation Invitational netball tournament.
The Chipolopolo Queens finished on top with 10 points and are today set to face Papua New Guniea (PNG) with eight in the finals as they aim to return with the title.
This would be the two team’s second meeting at this same tournament with Zambia having humbled PNG 61-45 last Monday.
The games played under round robin saw Botswana finish with six points while Singapore had four, Ireland two and Canada zero.
Botswana and Singapore will clash for the third and fourth place while Ireland faces Canada for the fifth and sixth positions.
Zambia started the game against Singapore on high with Beauty Nakazwe and Helen Banda netting three goals in a minute. The Zambian Queens dominated the first quarter which ended 12-9.
However, the hosts picked up speed and showed accuracy on ball and closed in on Zambia. By half time, Singapore was leading 22-21.
In the third quarter, Singapore continued to dominate the game causing many turn-overs for Zambia whose defence looked a bit wobbly.
Zambia put up a strong fight in the last three minutes of the game and over-turned the result in their favour to book a place in the finals.
Singapore looked disappointed after the final whistle as they recorded their third loss which did not befit their status as hosts.
Zambia’s starting line-up had Nakazwe and Banda in the frontline while Rhoda Zulu was wing attacker and the centre was manned by Naomi Changwe. Juliet Kaputeni, Dorcus Musolo and Gift Bunga put up a strong defence against Singapore.
Coach Charles Zulu said Singapore gave Zambia a good run for the title.
Zulu said the team would not underrate PNG despite emerging victorious in their last game.
“It will be a tough final tomorrow (today). PNG are a strong side, hence the team will be cautious. I am confident we will return to Zambia with the title,” he said.