China-based Malawi national women’s football team striker, Tabitha Chawinga, jetted in the country Monday for Wednesday’s 2020 Olympic Games qualifier against Kenya.
Tabitha’s arrival means Malawi will have a full house for the match after her younger sister, Temwa, joined camp on Sunday.
She-Flames Coach, Abel Mkandawire, said he was pleased to welcome Tabitha into the team after missing her services during the 2019 Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Mkandawire said the arrival of the Chawinga sisters had raised his players’ spirits ahead of the match against the East Africans.
“There is more good news for us as Madyina Ngulube has also recovered and is fit. Tabitha and Temwa are exceptional players. Everyone remembers how they joined forces to destroy Mozambique in the first round,” he said.
Tabitha said she was ready to turn the heat on the East Africans.
“It feels great to be part of the team and I cannot wait for the game. But winning is about teamwork and we all need to work extra hard to win,” the Jiangsu Suning player said.
To reach this round, Malawi booted out Mozambique 14-1 on aggregate, with Temwa scoring five goals at Kamuzu Stadium and one in Maputo.
Tabitha claimed a hat-trick during the home match and one goal in the neighbouring country.
Other players such as Madyina, Linda Kasenda, Towera Vinkhumbo- Nyirenda, Salome Vinkhumbo and Patricia Nyirenda are also expected to shine for Malawi.