Scorchers regroup next week for Cosafa Cup

Alfred Gunda

Malawi women’s national football team’s preparations for the 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship scheduled for November 3-14 in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa, are expected to commence next week.

Football Association of Malawi (Fam) General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said the association was in the process of finalising logistics ahead of the team’s training camp.

“All things being equal, we expect the team to start camping next week once the Flames leave Mpira Village. At the moment, we are working on finalising all arrangements for the training camp,” Gunda said.


Before commencing training, Scorchers players will undergo Covid-19 tests. Flames players went through the exercise about two weeks ago as they prepared to start training at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre.

Two players and two officials tested positive for coronavirus and were quarantined.

Silver Strikers defender Hadji Wali and goalkeepers’ trainer Swadick Sanudi have since recovered whereas goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda remained in self-isolation after his second test revealed that he was yet to recover.


Scorchers Coach, MacNebart Kazuwa, said he would have loved to test his charges in an international match before competing in the regional tournament.

“I know it is difficult to secure a friendly match but it would be an advantage if we secured one. Of course we made arrangements for the players to continue training at home after sports activities were suspended but we know that some might struggle for fitness. This means we need more time to prepare for the tournament,” Kazuwa added.

The coach, who replaced Abel Mkandawire early this year, will have a daunting task to improve on his team’s performance in the last two editions of the tournament where Malawi exited in the group stages.

However, Kazuwa may not need to spend sleepless nights as Malawi’s China-based top strikers, Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga, will be available.

In the 2019 tournament, Malawi registered two victories against Madagascar (2-0) and Comoros Islands (13-0) but lost 1-3 to eventual winners South Africa.

The competition is expected to have eight teams with defending champions South Africa, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Comoros having already confirmed their participation.

East African side Kenya has asked for a place at the showpiece as a guest team.

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