By Mphatso Malidadi:
The Malawi women’s national football team flew out of the country Sunday for Tuesday’s 2020 Olympic Games return leg qualifier against Mozambique in Maputo.
Malawi will go into the match beaming with confidence after an emphatic 11-1 thrashing of their neighbours at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre on Thursday.
But while the general expectation is that the She- Flames are in the Mozambican capital to bury the lady- Mambas, Malawi Coach Abel Mkandawire is not being complacent.
He expects the hosts to come flat out in their attempt to salvage their reputation in front of a hopeful home crowd.
Mkandawire said though his charges have a clear advantage in the qualifiers, there is need to guard against complacency.
“As I said earlier, we just need to play our game. We need to attack and defend as a unit. We also need to make improvements in our team. There were some grey areas in the first leg match which need to be worked on,” he said.
The She-Flames trump cards are expected to be the foreign coutry-based Chawinga sisters Tabitha and Temwa, who dominated goal-scoring at Kamuzu Stadium.
Temwa hammered in five goals whereas her elder sister Tabitha scored three.
Substitute Linda Kasenda was on the scoresheet twice while Wezi Mvula scored once.
Mkandawire has left behind Mercy Sikelo, Ruth Mhango, Fatsireni Kazembe, Silvia Phiri, injured Chikondi Gondwe, Chimwemwe Bonongwe, Bridget Mkuzilire and Loveness Nyakamera.
Below are members of the squad that has travelled:
Goalkeepers – Samir Amidu, Martha Banda
Defenders – Chimwemwe Madise, Emily Jossam, Patricia Nyirenda, Ruth Nyirongo, Towera Vinkhumbo, Maureen Phiri.
Midfielders – Wezzie Mvula, Madyina Nguluwe, Funny Mwale, Shira Dimba, Zainab Kapanda, Sabina Thom, Enlecio Mhango, Asimenye Simwaka
Strikers – Mary Chavinda, Linda Kasenda, Temwa Chawinga, Tabitha Chawinga.
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