Junior Scorchers face Zambia test

Trevor Kajawa

Malawi Under-17 Girls National Football Team and Zambia renew their rivalry when they face-off in the semifinal of the 2022 Cosafa Cup at Bingu National Stadium this afternoon.

This is junior Scorchers biggest test in this year’s tournament.

After a sluggish start to the competition, when they lost 4-1 to South Africa last week, Malawi made a perfect response thumping Namibia 12-0 on Monday.


Surely, the junior Scorchers are in high spirits ahead of the clash against neighbours Zambia.

For Zambia, they are a team to beat, having won the competition last year in Maseru, Lesotho.

Both teams have what it takes to reach the final of the competition. The two teams are meeting for the first time in this competition at this age group. However, Zambia and Malawi senior women’s teams are familiar foes in the history of Cosafa Cup.


Malawi booked a semifinal spot, having finished second in Group A with three points, three behind leaders South Africa.

On the part of Zambia, they finished as Group B winners with six points, three above second-placed Botswana.

In the other semifinal, South Africa will meet Botswana.

Ahead of today’s match, Malawi U-17 Girls National Football Team Coach Trevor Kajawa said his troops will not be intimidated facing Zambia.

“We anticipate a very tough match but we have formed a good team. If you want to be champions, beat the best,” Kajawa said.

Kajawa will be hoping that his troops will be at their best against Zambia.

Rose Kabzere who is the leading goal scorer in this year’s tournament with five goals, is carrying Malawi’s hopes alongside Leticia Chinyamula and Faith Chinzimu.

On the other hand, Zambia have plenty of players to watch, including the likes of Harriet Matipa, Jessy Zulu, Bwalya Chileshe and Zangose Zulu.

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