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Under-20 off to Zambia

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

Malawi Under-20 Women’s N ational Football Team is expected to travel to Zambia by road today ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers.

The Young Scorchers will face Zambia in the first leg of the 2022 Costa Rica Fifa U-20 World Cup preliminary round in Lusaka on Friday before hosting them next week.

Young Scorchers coach Maggie Chombo-Sadik was Tuesday expected to name a 23-member squad ahead of the match.

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The squad has five players who were part of the senior team which is also in camp in preparation for Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Both Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka and National Women’s Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira confirmed the team will depart today.

Zakazaka said there was good news that the players and technical staff tested negative for coronavirus ahead of the trip.

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“There was a clean bill of health,” he said in a brief response.

On her part, Ngwira said they were finalising logistics for the trip.

“Everything is going on well and we will travel with a strong squad to Zambia,” she said.

Mighty Tigers Coach Trevor Kajawa, who is Chombo’s assistant, is part of the travelling squad alongside second assistant Scholastica Khunga, fitness trainer Sungeni Msiska, goalkeepers trainer Vales Kamzere and technical adviser Benjamin Kumwenda.

The winner between Malawi and Zambia will face the winner between Mauritania and Ghana in the next round.

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