Fired up

Scorchers in high spirits for Cosafa group opener


Malawi national women’s football team is in high spirits after arriving in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, on Wednesday for the 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship.

The Scorchers are in Group B of the regional showpiece and face Lesotho in their opening match at Wolfson Stadium Saturday before taking on neighbours Zambia in a nail-biting encounter.

The Scorchers loosened up Thursday morning after arriving in the coastal city on Wednesday evening.


In an interview from the Rainbow Nation Thursday, Malawi Coach McNebert Kazuwa said morale was high in camp.

“Morale in our camp is high. All the players are excited and looking forward to the first match. We are up to the task and believe it is possible to go far in this year’s competition. The players have promised to give their all. They will die fighting,” Kazuwa said.

“All I am doing as their coach is encouraging them to be focused on the job at hand. They know what they are here for. They are ready to fight from the first whistle up to the last. Their desire is to win every encounter and take it from there.”


The team had its first full training session yesterday evening.

Kazuwa has assembled a good squad comprising China-based top strikers Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga, Madyina Ngulube, Sabina Thom, Asimenye Simwaka and Zainab Kapanda.

The Chawinga sisters are making a return to the competition after missing three previous editions due to club commitments.

Tabitha said they were geared to leave a mark at the tournament.

“Playing for the national team is always special for us. Every player wants to prove that they deserve to be in the team. The players are itching to go out there and put up a great performance. I am confident that we will go far in this competition,” Tabitha said.

The skipper will be hoping to replicate her top form in the Chinese Women’s Super League where she scored seven goals for Jiang Sunning last season.

Temwa is also expected to wreak havoc at the contest after scoring nine goals for Wuhan FC to help them win the Chinese Women’s Super League for the first time in 19 years.

The Scorchers have never reached the Cosafa Cup finals since its introduction in 2002.

Their best ever finish was in 2011 when they reached the last four.

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