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Thom Mkolongo appointed Scorchers coach

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has appointed Thom Mkolongo as Malawi Women’s National Football Team coach.

The appointment comes ahead of the 2022 Cosafa Women’s Championship later this month.

Mkolongo turned down a similar appointment last year due to work commitments and personal reasons.

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The Ascent Soccer Academy coach has replaced McNelbert Kazuwa.

Fam has maintained Andrew Chikhosi as first assistant coach with former Masters Security and Silver Strikers mentor Abasi Makawa as second assistant.

Chisomo Nkhoma retains his post as fitness trainer with former Flames goalkeeper Philip Nyasulu returning as goalkeeper coach.

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Violet Bunya and Yamikani Magombo are team manager and team doctor, respectively.

The Scorchers are expected to start camp training on Monday in Lilongwe ahead of the regional tournament scheduled for August 31-September 11 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

National Women’s Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira said Mkolongo will bring new ideas to the team.

“He has vast experience and is a perfect choice,” Ngwira said.

The Scorchers are ranked 158th in the world and finished as runners-up for the first time at the 2021 edition after a 1-0 defeat to Tanzania.

On their way to the final, Malawi beat South Africa 3-2 for the first time in the competition.

For the second consecutive year, Malawi will be without the China-based duo of Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga due to club commitments.

Nigeria-based forward Fazila Chiyembekeza is also a doubt as the Cosafa Cup falls outside the Fifa calendar.

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