Malawi Women’s National Football Team skipper Tabitha Chawinga has faulted Football Association of Malawi (Fam) for failure to arrange camping for the senior female side ahead of next month’s Cosafa Women’s Championship.
The China-based attacker accused Fam of lacking seriousness, claiming that the association favours the men’s side.
The Wuhan FC forward said two-weeks camping will not be enough for the side to gel to get good results.
“Let me register my disappointment over the delayed camp. We are three weeks away from the tournament and nobody seems to care about calling the players into camp. We have a weak league, which calls for the players to prepare intensively.
“I don’t know if Fam would have done the same if the men’s team were in a similar situation. This is quite disappointing for women’s football,” she said.
Fam General Secretary Alfred Gunda did not pick up his mobil phone but when we contacted the association’s competitions and media director Gomezgani Zakazaka said efforts were underway for the Scorchers to regroup.
“Of course, we do not have to press the red button yet. The team might be called into camp and the good thing is that our league is in progress. Therefore, the players are active,” he said.
The Scorchers were drawn in Group A against defending champions South Africa, Angola and Mozambique while Group B has Botswana, Tanzania, South Sudan and Zimbabwe.
Group C has Zambia, Namibia, eSwatini and Uganda.
The tournament will kick off on September 15.
In 2019, when Malawi last played at the tournament, they beat Lesotho 9-0 and Zambia 1-0 before losing to South Africa 6-2 in the semi-final.
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