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KEEP SHE-FLAMES: Stuart Mbolembole pleads with Fam

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Malawi Women’s National Football Team Coach, Stuart Mbolembole, Tuesday pleaded with Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to maintain the She-Flames’ squad.

Speaking on arrival from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, following the team’s Cosafa Championship exit, Mbolembole said the She-Flames performed beyond expectations after holding the hosts 3-3, beating Madagascar 6-3 and losing to Zambia by a similar margin.

“Looking at the circumstances of how the team was assembled, I think we could have performed better. Despite some mistakes, I think we were able to cope with the challenge. I was particularly impressed with our performance against Zimbabwe. They are a strong team but took them head on and we salvaged a point,” he said.

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Mbolembole said, if the current team was maintained and kept active, then Malawi would win the regional showpiece after three years.

“When I say maintain the side, I mean that we should have programmes to keep the team active. Our performance has given us hope that if we play strength testing games and [participate in] competitive tournaments, our standards will not be the same,” he said.

National Women’s Football Association Chairperson, Severia Chalira, said they were encouraged by the team’s performance.

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“We will officially submit our recommendations to Fam to maintain the side,” she said while singling out Temwa Chawinga’s departure to Sweden as a window of opportunity for more local players.

One of the teams’ key players, Mayidna Nguluwe, hoped that the team would not be abandoned. The team scored 12 goals and conceded a similar number of goals in Zimbabwe.

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