Abel Mkandawire banks on Chawinga sisters


By Mphatso Malidadi:

MKANDAWIRE— I will do my best

Malawi women’s national football team Coach, Abel Mkandawire, is counting on prolific goalpoacher Tabitha Chawinga and her younger sister, Temwa, to add flair to the side.

The two sisters are expected to arrive in the country this week to join their colleagues in camp ahead of the April 4 Olympic Games qualifier against Mozambique at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.


Mkandawire said the She- Flames would benefit from the Chawingas’ immense skills that have seen them make names in China and Europe.

“Tabitha has had a good season in China where she won a number of accolades in her debut season. She scores effortlessly and we really need her experience.

“Her younger sister Temwa is also good and having the two players in our squad is a big morale booster. We do not have a specific day for their arrival but we have been assured that they will be with us this week,” he said.


Tabitha plays for Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Women’s Super League whereas Temwa dons Kvarnsvedens IK’s colours in Sweden.

Another foreign-based player Sabina Thom, who also plies her trade in Sweden, is already in camp, having joined her compatriots when the team started preparations on Monday last week.

Mkandawire said he was excited with how local players were responding to training.

“The players are really working hard to be part of the team that meets Mozambique. They are attentive and eager to put into use what we want them to do,” he said.

Mkandawire has emphasised the need for the team to utilise home-ground advantage in the qualifiers.

“This is why we are concentrating on both attack and defence. We need to score goals to enhance our chances of winning but we also need to be stubborn at the back so as not to let in goals,” he said.

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