Malawi Under-17 National Women’s Football Team will face South Africa and Mauritius in Region 5 Youth Games administered by Cosafa.
According to results of the draw held Monday, organisers have changed the format after Comoros requested to be included in the competition.
“Initially [the competition] had one pool of five teams but Comoros requested for a late entry thereby changing the format of the competition into two groups of three teams each,” reads a statement on Fam Facebook page.
Group B has defending champions Zambia, Botswana and Comoros.
Top two teams in each group will progress to the semifinals.
Malawi Under-17 Ladies Team Manager Salakunja Chimanja said it was a tricky draw but they were determined to do well in the competition.
“We are not underrating our opponents; neither are we intimidated. We will be playing at home and are sure to do well in the competition. We want to win a medal,” she said.
Currently, the side is camping in Blantyre with the rest of Team Malawi members.
This is the second time for Malawi Under-17 Women’s side to undergo Region 5 Games camp.
Mighty Tigers Coach Trevor Kajawa is in charge of the squad, with former Scorchers striker Linda Kasenda as assistant coach.
Some 227 athletes earmarked to represent Team Malawi during the Region 5 Youth Games started their final camping session in Blantyre Monday.
The first camp took place in June in Blantyre while the second was held in September in Lilongwe.
Team Malawi is hoping to break the record of 29 medals set in Maseru, Lesotho, at last year’s event.
In this year’s tournament, Team Malawi will compete in 10 sporting codes which include football (boys and girls), netball, volleyball, basketball, athletics, taekwondo, judo, boxing, swimming and tennis.
There will also be e-sport on a trial basis with Malawi participating.
Athletes from Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, eSwatini, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa will be in the country to compete for regional honours while Mauritius and Seychelles will participate as guests.
Under-17 boys football matches at the competition will be used as qualifiers for the 2023 TotalEnergies African Youth Championship which will take place in Cameroon.