NETBALL'S world number five side Malawi will be using the two Test series against Fiji as a build up for the Fast5 Tournament which starts in Auckland, New Zealand next week.
Ranked number one in Africa, the Malawai Queens are on a mission to finish off their Pacific tour on a high note after defeats in Test series against Australia and New Zealand.
The Queens played the Fiji Pearls in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne winning 53-52.
Two of the Fiji players who played in that fixture were captain Matila Waqanidrola and vice-captain Taraima Rara-Mitchell. Malawi coach Griffin Saenda, who has been guiding the team for the past two decades, said they had brought in new players with the 2014 Commonwealth Games in mind.
He said they would not underestimate Fiji.
"This is our first ever trip to Fiji," Saenda said.
"We played better in New Zealand and there was a lot of improvement. Now we want to see what happens here.
"We do not have any players from the last time we met Fiji in the 2006.
"We don't know much about Fiji this time but I presume that they will be tough.
"This is continuous learning for us. We will be using this series as a build up for the Fast5 tournament. We want to finish the tour a high note."
The Queens will be led by defender Caroline Mtukele-Ngwira.
Saenda said the secret to their success in Africa was through discipline.
The Queens will face the Pearls at the Vodafone Arena in Suva at 3pm today.