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Malawi women national football team bounced back on to the international stage with a 2-0 loss to hosts Tanzania’s Twiga Stars at Azam’s Chamazi Complex in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Malawi coach, Thom Mkolongo, described his charges’ first outing in over two years as a learning curve, saying the girls showed a lot of character and potential.

“Despite the loss, there are a lot of positives to pick. They girls played so well and we have seen where we need to improve. I am sure we will have a good team,” Mkolongo told Times Radio.

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Malawi will face Egypt in the next warm-up match later this match while preparing for next April’s Cosafa Women Championship in Seychelles.

On Saturday, Asha Rashid’s screamer in the 43rd minute and Mwanahamisi Omary’s 83rd minute strike gave the local ladies a befitting victory against the visitors.

The victory was a perfect reward for the old guard Esther Chabruma alias ‘Lunyamila’, who announced her retirement from the team.

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Twiga Stars Head Coach Rogasian Kaijage used the match to gauge the ability of his players, most of them have less experience in international games.

Despite the victory, Twiga Stars struggled with match fitness and have to improve before their clash against Zimbabwe in the Africa Women Championship (AWC) qualifiers scheduled for March, next year. —Daily News/Tanzania

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