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OUT WITH GRACE: Chawinga sisters share 3 goals

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Malawi Women’s National Football Team fought back to salvage a three-all draw against favourites and hosts, Zimbabwe, in a Cosafa Championship qualifying match at Luveve Stadium Sunday.

Malawi’s She-Flames are out of the race having finished third in group A with four points, one point below second-placed Zimbabwe.

Zambia have finished on top with seven points, having thrashed Madagascar 7-1 in another match played yesterday.

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Malawi were hoping for a win and also praying that Zambia should lose against the bottom-placed Madagascar During the game, Zimbabwe deservedly went ahead through Rutendo Makore in the 22nd minute before adding her second in the 31st minute after capitalising on a defensive lapse.

As for Malawi, all eyes were on Chawinga sisters, Tabitha and Temwa.

But it was Temwa who reduced the arrears to give Malawi a life-line in the 37th minute.

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Malawi’s razor-sharp frontline has been a source of joy whereas the jittery defence has been a concern, after letting in nine goals in the previous two games.

After resumption, Makore completed her hat-trick in the 57th minute to restore Zimbabwe’s two-goal cushion.

But not to be outdone by her younger sister, the free-scoring Tabitha made her presence felt when she reduced the arrears in the 60th minute.

The Sweden based forward claimed her brace and Malawi’s third in the 89th minute, courtesy of Madyina Ngulube’s assist.

Only top teams from each of the four pools will advance to the semi-finals alongside the best-placed runner-up.

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