By Grace Chaile Lesoetsa

ZAMBIA started her campaign for the five-nation Pent Series netball title on a bright note beating hosts Namibia 53 -45 in a tightly contested game on Thursday evening.

The Zambian Queens kicked off the game on a high note to lead the first quarter 13-12.

But the Desert Jewels returned strong and mounted pressure on the Zambian defenders to take the lead at 17-16.

Namibia failed to hold on to the lead as Zambia struck back to go 25-19 ahead before ending the third quarter with a commanding 30-22 lead. Zambia held on to the lead to win the final quarter 53-45.

In other results, Botswana suffered double defeat losing 39-32 to Swaziland before being humbled 52-40 by Zimbabwe. The tournament is being played under a round robin system.

Meanwhile, Zambia coach Charles Zulu was elated with the team’s performance against the hosts.

Zulu said the players gave out their all in the game to get a win against a tough Namibian team.

“Namibia is a strong side so it’s not easy to get a win. I am happy the players remained strong and managed to pick victory in our opening game. This win is a morale booster heading into the next game,” he said.

The team was scheduled to face Zimbabwe yesterday.

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