China based Malawi women ’s national football team stars Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga have delayed reporting for the senior side’s camping as they were attending to personal issues.
Instead the pair is expected to join the preparations today ahead of the Cosafa Women’s Championship slated for South Africa next week.
The two sisters arrived in the country on Wednesday last week following the conclusion of the Chinese Women’s Super League.
Tabitha said they excused themselves from joining the squad upon their arrival as they also needed to rest.
“We requested the National Women’s Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira to allow us to rest a bit and also sort out some issues before joining the squad. So we agreed to join camp on October 27, 2020 [today]. We also had to rest following a competitive season,” she said.
Ngwira said the duo was allowed to join the squad a bit late on various reasons.
“We should not be hard on them. It is not that we are giving them special treatment. We felt that they had genuine reasons because they were active unlike the other players. We should also understand that they are on holiday and it is their clubs that provided for their air tickets,” she said.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka said they were aware that the pair gave an excuse.
“Indeed we are expecting them to join the rest of the squad on Tuesday. he said.
Tabitha plays for Jiangsu Suning whereas her younger sister dons Wuhan colours. The nation is hoping that the two could help the senior side reach the Cosafa semifinals having failed to reach this stage.
Tabitha and Temwa missed the last two editions of the tournaments due to club commitments.
The Scorchers were drawn against Zambia and Lesotho. The match between Scorchers and Zambia will be tough as She-polopolo will feature Barbara Banda who snatched the Chinese golden boot award from Tabitha.
Barbara scored eighteen goals this season while Tabitha was on target seven times. Temwa finished her debut season in China with nine goals.
Malawi will kick start their Cosafa campaign with a match against Lesotho on November 7 before dating Zambia two days later.
Scorchers are expected to leave the country on November 3 and final squad will be released two days before departure.