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Under-20 coach blames poor preps

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe 

Malawi Under-20 Women’s National Football Team Coach Maggie Chombo-Sadik has said the young Scorchers paid painfully for their poor preparations after suffering a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Zambia in the U-20 Fifa Women’s World Cup qualifiers at Nkoloma Stadium Friday.

It was a comical display from the young Scorchers, who travelled at night and arrived in Zambia Thursday
morning.

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The ill-prepared team lacked match fitness and struggled to match the hosts in every department.

The defeat left young Scorchers in difficult situation ahead of reverse fixture slated for Bingu National Stadium in
Lilongwe on October 9. Chombo-Sadik conceded that all odds were stacked against them and her charges need to move mountains in the second leg and win by 7-0 margin to progress to the next round.

“Everything was against us. We had poor preparations. We only had two full days for training but we spent time processing travel documents. The situation was tough for us,” Chombo-Sadik said.

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Eneless Phiri scored a hat trick whereas Susan Evarine Katongo, Xiomara Mapepa and Lungowe Namasiku netted a goal each.

National Women’s Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira said it was a fair result.

“We are not surprised with the result because of the situation the team went through. We have good crop of players but the girls were never supported,” she said.

The winner of the tie will meet the winner between Mauritania and Ghana in the next round.

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