Malawi Women’s National Football Team, the Scorchers, have been drawn against Zambia in the first round of the 2022 Caf African Women Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Scorchers will start at home on June 7 2021 before travelling to Zambia for the second leg on June 15.
Winner between Zambia and Malawi will face Tanzania or Namibia in the second round of the qualifiers. Second round matches will be played between October 18 and 29.
The clash between Malawi and Zambia will be a repeat of the 2020 Cosafa Cup group stage match which the Scorchers won 1-0 courtesy of Temwa Chawinga’s goal.
In reaction to the draw, Scorchers assistant coach Andrew Chikhosi believes the team has chances of progressing to the next round.
“We know that Zambia will come hard on us after we beat them at the Cosafa Cup last year. We need to have a good game-plan and also utilise our home advantage,” Chikhosi said.
Scorchers captain Tabitha Chawinga also said with good preparations, the senior side could progress to the second round.
“It is a tough fixture for both of us. For us to beat them, we need to prepare well for the match,” Chawinga said.
The 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations finals will take place in Morocco following the cancellation of last year’s event due to Covid.
Forty-four teams will be fighting for 11 slots at the continental showpiece.
In other matches, South Africa will meet Mozambique whereas Angola and Botswana will also face-off. Zimbabwe will be in action against eSwatini whereas Tanzania will face Namibia.
In a related development, Malawi U-20 have also been drawn against Zambia in the Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
Both Malawi and Zambia have been seeded in the first round and will join the competition in the second round. The Young Scorchers will be under Maggie Chombo-Sadik.