The Scorchers have received a timely boost after Nigeria-based striker Fazila Chiyembekezo joined camp on Monday ahead of the 2022 Hollywoodbets Cosafa Womens Championship slated for August 31 to September 11.
The Rivers Angel striker took part in Monday afternoon’s training session at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.
Lusaka Dynamos defender Chimwemwe Madise is expected to join camp this afternoon.
However, Tabitha Chawinga, who joined Inter Milan on loan from Wuhan Jiangda, and her sister Temwa Chawinga have been ruled out of the competition.
National Womens Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira said the arrival of some of the foreign country-based players has boosted team morale.
“This is good news to us and we hope we will do well again this year. We have assembled a good squad and we have trust in the technical panel,’’ Ngwira said.
Football Association of Malawi appointed former Flames assistant coach Lovemore Fazili as head coach, replacing Thom Mkolongo, who turned down the offer due to work commitment.
The Scorchers relocated to Blantyre, having camped in Lilongwe for one week.
They are expected to travel to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on August 30.
Malawi was drawn in Group C and will open their Cosafa Cup campaign against Botswana at Nelson Mandela University Stadium on September 2.
They will face Comoros Islands in the second match at the same venue three days later before wrapping up group stages’ assignments against Tanzania in a rematch of last year’s Cosafa Cup final.
Former Scorchers striker Linda Kasenda said the team can perform beyond expectations.
“We have so many talented players but they just need to be motivated,” Kasenda said.
Malawi will be hoping to do better than last year, when they reached the historic final but lost 1-0 to Tanzania.
The Scorchers also reached the semifinals in 2020 but lost 6-2 to South Africa.