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Thom Mkolongo turns down Scorchers job again

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In a twist turns of events, Thom Mkolongo has once again excused himself from the Malawi Women’s National Football Team due to club commitments.

This comes just three days after he accepted to lead the Scorchers ahead of the 2022 Cosafa Cup from August 31-September 11 in South Africa.

Football Association of Malawi General Secretary Alfred Gunda said: “I have information that due to commitments at his workplace, he will not be available for the offer. The rest of the technical panel is intact and will proceed to work with the players.”

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Mkolongo did not answer his mobile phone Tuesday and only sent a text message which read: “I am in a meeting in Zomba.” However, an inside source confided that he has excused himself from the Scorchers as dates for the Cosafa Cup collide with another tournament in South Africa which his side Ascent Soccer will take part in.

“He regrets that he will not be in charge of the Scorchers and has already notified Fam about his situation,” the source said.

Last week, Mkolongo said he was waiting for confirmation of the tournament’s dates.

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“I will give you feedback once I get confirmation,” he said.

Fam appointed Andrew Chikhosi and Abasi Makawa as first and second assistant coaches, respectively.

Malawi open their campaign against Botswana at Nelson Mandela University Stadium on September 2.

They will then face Comoros Islands in the second match at the same venue three days later before wrapping up their group stages with a showdown against Tanzania in a rematch of last year’s final.

Meanwhile, midfielder Zainab Kapanda has been ruled out of the competition due to injury.

Kapanda was included in the 32-member provisional squad alongside captain Tabitha Chawinga and her young sister Temwa are also doubtful for the tournament.

Malawi are in Group A of the competition alongside South Africa, Angola, Mauritius and Mozambique.

Group winners advance to the semifinals where they will be joined by the overall best runners-up.

Malawi made history after reaching the tournament’s final last year where they lost 1-0 to eventual winners Tanzania.

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