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Maggie Chombo-Sadik laments poor preparations

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe in Port Elizabeth, South Africa:

BOOTED OUT—Malawi take on South Africa Monday

Malawi women’s national football team Coach, Maggie Chombo-Sadik, was left ruing inadequate preparations as the She-Flames exited the ongoing Cosafa Women’s Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on Monday.

She-Flames, who returned home Tuesday, bowed out after losing 6-0 and 2-0 to South Africa and Botswana, respectively, and beating Madagascar 2-0.

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Chombo-Sadik said her charges lacked match-fitness due to inadequate preparations. The team did not play a friendly before the competition.

“I think the biggest problem is that we did not prepare well when compared to other teams. Other teams started preparations months ago and that is why they performed well. But we have a good team and we need to maintain the squad so that we should build a strong team which can compete at all levels,” Chombo-Sadik said.

Head of delegation, Severia Chalira, said it was devastating to lose against South Africa by such a big margin.

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“I have interacted with several team officials from other countries and to be honest, they prepared better than us. Next time, we need to start our preparations early if we are to compete against big teams in Africa,” Chalira said.

South Africa progressed to the semi-finals with a 100 percent record, collecting nine points from three games, followed by Botswana on four points.

Malawi finished third with three points from three games whereas Madagascar are bottom with a point from three games.

During last year’s tournament in Zimbabwe, Malawi also won, lost once and drew once each.

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