Malawi Women’s National Football Team made a huge statement with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Comoros Islands at the ongoing 2022 Hollywoodbets Cosafa Women’s Championship at Nelson Mandela University Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa Monday.
The victory means the Scorchers kept their Cosafa Cup semifinals dream alive after a sluggish start to the competition.
This was a perfect response from the Scorchers having drawn 1-1 against Botswana on Friday.
The battle for top spot in Group C will likely go to the wire.
Following the win, the Scorchers top Group C with four points from two matches whereas defending champions Tanzania are second with four points but they have inferior goal difference.
Tanzania drew 0-0 against Botswana in a late kickoff.
Captain Tabitha Chawinga netted a hat-trick with the other goals coming from Fazila Chembekezo, Wezzie Mvula and Rose Kabzere.
The Scorchers wasted several scoring opportunities in the first half and had a slender 1-0 going into the break courtesy of Chembekezo’s header.
After the break, substitute Kabzere doubled the lead.
Thereafter, the stage was for Tabitha to show her class and she scored the third goal for Malawi before adding her second of the day and the Scorchers fourth.
Tabitha completed her hat trick to extend Malawi’s lead to 5-0 before Wezzie Mvula nailed the last nail in Comoros coffin.
It was a vintage performance for the Inter Milan striker, who was also voted player of the match, her second of the tournament.
However, Tabitha will not play in the last group C match against Tanzania as she will return to Italy today.
Surely, the Scorchers will miss her services in what will be a repeat of last year’s final between Malawi and Tanzania.
In post-match interview monitored on SuperSport, Scorchers coach Lovemore Fazili said the victory was a morale boost ahead of the last group stages match Wednesday.
“This is what we planned and the players executed the game plan well.
We have no time to celebrate but to focus on the match against Tanzania. We are here to win the Cosafa Cup,” Fazili said, who is in charge of the team for the first time at the Cosafa Cup.
Only group winners will automatically qualify for the semifinals of the tournament and they will be joined by the overall best runners-up. Meanwhile, Tabitha said she has faith in the players that they will do well.
“It feels good to help the team win. We played well. The coaching panel has already planned for life without me so nothing to worry,” she said.
Malawi has never won the Cosafa Women’s Championship but made history when they reached their first ever final appearance last year. However, they lost 1-0 to Tanzania.