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Scorchers seek revenge against Tanzania

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TO LEAD ATTACK— Chembekezo

Once beaten, twice shy. The Scorchers step onto the turf of Isaac Wolfson Stadium this afternoon hoping to secure an automatic qualification to the semifinals of the 2022 Hollywoodbets Cosafa Cup when they face Tanzania.

The stakes are high in this afternoon’s match as the two teams also met in the Cosafa Women’s Championship final in which the Scorchers lost 1-0 last year.

Probably, the Scorchers will be looking for revenge against the Twiga Stars, who will be hoping for history to repeat itself.

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The race for top spot in Group C is open to three teams Malawi, Tanzania and Botswana as Comoros are already out having lost two matches including a 6-0 loss to the Scorchers.

Malawi top the group with four points from two matches just above Tanzania on goal difference whereas Botswana have two points from the same number of games.

This is a tricky situation for the three teams heading into the final group stage matches.

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A win in this afternoon’s match, will help the Scorchers top the group and get an automatic qualification slot.

However, the Scorchers can finish top with a draw against Tanzania but they should pray that Botswana should not beat Comoros Islands by more than six goals.

Again, there is also a chance for the overall best runners-up to qualify for the semifinals.

Scorchers coach Lovemore Fazili said his troops are ready for the showdown.

“This is the final before the actual final. We have done our preparations in all aspects of the game. We cannot underrate our opponents but we will go flat out,” Fazili said Tuesday after morning training session.

Fazili will be without inspirational captain Tabitha Chawinga, who scored a hat-trick against Comoros on Monday, after she returned to her club Inter Milan after the end of Fifa International Window.

“We are going to miss her services. She contributed a lot to the team in the two matches but we have several players who can fill her shoes,” Fazili said.

Tabitha won the player of the match awards in two matches.

She bade farewell to her team mates and offered words of encouragement.

“The team is very strong even without me and Temwa. Last year, the team did well so no pressure,” Tabitha said, before flying to Italy.

In the absence of Tabitha, Fazili will reshuffle his starting line-up. Fazila Chembekezo, Sabitha Thom, Asimenye Simwaka, Mary Chabvinda and Limbikani Chikupira are all available for selection.

Madyina Ngulube, Rose Kabzere and Wezie Mvula are expected to be at the hub of the team. The defence comprising Patricia Nyirenda, Chimwemwe Madise, Ruth Nyirongo and Ireen Khumalo will likely be maintained as they provide cover to Ruth Mhango.

The Scorchers should keep a close eye on a talented Tanzania side. They have good players such as Enekia Lunyamila, captain Amina Bilali, Christer Bahera and Opa Tukumbuke.

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