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KEEP SHE-FLAMES: Stuart Mbolembole pleads with Fam

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.

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.

“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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