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Malawi Women’s National Football Team preparations for the Cosafa Women’s Championship have been boosted following the arrival of Zambia-based defenders Patricia Nyirenda and Chimwemwe Madise.

The pair joined camping Tuesday after arriving on Monday ahead of the regional showpiece slated for September 28 to October 9 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) website announced the development Tuesday.

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Nyirenda said she was excited to join camp.

“It feels great to be back home. I am ready to help the team,” she said.

The Scorchers, who started training-camp last week, will be without China-based Chawinga sisters Tabitha and Temwa due to club commitments.

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The Wuhan FC duo took part in the 2020 edition when Tabitha scored seven goals while Temwa netted three goals.

Flames legend Patrick Mabedi, who is also Flames Under-20 coach, is in charge of the team after Thom Mkolongo rejected the offer to be the coach of the team.

Scorchers assistant coach Andrew Chikhosi said the arrival of the two players was a big boost.

“Morale is high in camp and the two players are also fit despite joining us a bit late. We believe, this time, we will go beyond the semifinals,” Chikhosi said.

The Scorchers are in Group A alongside hosts and defending champions South Africa, Mozambique and Angola.

Malawi will start the Cosafa Cup campaign against South Africa on September 28 in the opening match before meeting Mozambique on October 1.

The team will wrap up group stages campaign against Angola on October 4.

Former Scorchers captain Linda Kasenda was optimistic that the team would do well this year.

“We have assembled a good squad. The team has potential to win the Cosafa Cup,” Kasenda, who retired from Scorchers, said.

The overall winner in each group and best runner-up will advance to the semifinals of the tournament. Since the introduction of the Cosafa Cup, the Scorchers have reached the semifinals twice in 2011 and 2020.

However, on both occasions, the Scorchers were eliminated by South Africa after losing 5-1 and 6-2, respectively.

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