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Dominant Scorchers

Malawi women’s football players, coach make Cosafa squad

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Malawi Women’s National Football Team has dominated the 2021 Cosafa Women’s Championship best 11 after contributing two players and a coach.

The Scorchers were impressive in the 2021 Cosafa Women’s Championship played in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where they won silver after a 1-0 loss to Tanzania in the final.

Striker Asimenye Simwaka and defender Ireen Khumalo are in the best 11 while their mentor McNelbert Kazuwa appears on the list as the team’s coach.

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The list comprises players from Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Angola and Uganda.

Scorchers captain Madyina Ngulube was named on the bench, according to the Cosafa 2021 Women’s Championship report released recently.

Kazuwa said he owed the recognition to team spirit.

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“I feel proud to be among the best; but this is because of the good working relationship among members of the technical staff,” he said.

Simwaka said she felt honoured to be among the best 11.

“I am very happy and will continue working hard so that I realise my dream of playing professional football,” Ngulube said.

Simwaka and Khumalo were influential during last month’s tournament after scoring a goal each.

National Women’s Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira congratulated the coach and his players for making the list.

“This is an indication that the game is heading in the right direction. This is motivating us to do more in future events so that our players and coaches can continue to shine. We have great potential to do even better,” Ngwira said.

Other players in the best 11 are the South African duo of Sibulele Holweni and Mamello Makhabane, striker Omary Shurua and midfielder Amina Ali Bilali of Tanzania, and Angolan defender Lidia Lubano.

Zambians Petronella Ngambo, Lushomo Mweemba and Margret Belemu are also in the first 11. Uganda striker Sandra Nabwetene has also made it.

On their way to the final, Malawi booted out the then defending champions South Africa 2-1 in the semifinals.

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