Malawi women’s national football team captain, Tabitha Chawinga, has said her ultimate goal is to lift the Cosafa Women’s Championship for the first time ever.
The Jiangsu Sunning forward and her younger sister Temwa have been in top form at this year’s competition after helping the Scorchers reach the Cosafa Cup semifinal for the first time since 2011.
Tabitha, who is also the joint top goal-scorer with six goals, said it would be good to win both the Cosafa Cup and the Golden Boot award.
“It is my dream as captain to help the team win the cup. With God, everything is possible. We just need to work hard,” Tabitha, who scored seven goals in the Chinese Women’s Super League in China last season, said.
Banyana Banyana striker Sibulele Holweni has also scored six goals in the regional competition.
Malawi take on South Africa at Wolfson Stadium this afternoon in the semifinals after emerging Group B winners with a 1-0 victory over Zambia on Monday.
It will be a repeat of the 2011 semifinal in Zimbabwe which the Scorchers lost 5-1.
However, Scorchers Coach McNebert Kazuwa said it was time to avenge defeat.
“South Africa has been dominating all our meetings. We have played second fiddle to them for too long and this should not continue. We must prove that we are also a good team. The players know what is at stake,” Kazuwa said.
South Africa has been Malawi’s stumbling block in the Cosafa Women’s Championship in two consecutive editions. In 2018, South Africa thrashed Malawi 6-0 at the Cosafa Cup before a 3-1 victory last year.
But Banyana Banyana Coach Desire Ellis said she expected a tough fixture.
Malawi have never reached the Cosafa Cup final since its inception in 2002.
However, the Scorchers have left tongues wagging at the showpiece after registering the biggest victory and most goals scored in a single game at this year’s competition.
Malawi thumped Lesotho 9-0, the highest margin in this year’s competition.
In another semifinal, Zambia, who advanced as overall best runners-up, will meet Botswana in an early kickoff.