Malawi Women’s National Football Team is set to know its opponents for this year’s Cosafa Women’s Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, today.
Some 11 teams have confirmed their participation in this year’s tournament scheduled for September 15 to 26.
Champions South Africa will be joined by last year’s runners up Botswana and highest ranked team Zambia in being seeded for groups A, B and C, respectively.
Malawi, Angola, eSwatini, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are other countries that will send teams to the tournament whereas Tanzania and South Sudan will be guest nations.
Cosafa General Secretary Sue Destombes said the tournament would be the second to be played during the Covid pandemic after a successful staging of last year’s event.
“Once again, we thank the Eastern Cape Province and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for their tremendous support,” Destombes said.
The top team in each group will advance to the semifinals alongside the best runners-up.
Last year, Malawi exited the competition at the semifinal stage after a 6-2 defeat to South Africa.
On their way to the semifinals, the Scorchers finished top in the group stages with six points following a 9-0 victory over Lesotho before beating Zambia 1-0.
Malawi is likely to be without the China-based duo of Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga due to Covid travel restrictions.
The other challenge that Malawi face is that Football Association of Malawi is yet to recruit a coach for the team, with less than a month to go.
The country’s football governing body is yet to complete the recruitment process, having advertised the post last month.
McNerbert Kazuwa took the team to last year’s competition but was not given a new contract.