MacNelbert Kadzuwa has cast doubt over the Scorchers fitness but is upbeat of reversing the status quo.
Kadzuwa made the observation after conducting the team’s first training since joining camp on Thursday this week.
Soon after the first training session the Malawi National Women’s Football team coach admitted that he was not impressed with his player’s levels of fitness.
The Scorchers mentor said: The girls are okay only that it has been long since they last played competitive football. You will recall that the girls last played active football in February this year during the Presidential Cup and since then they have been idle.
“Such being the case, before everything else our first task as technical panel is to ensure that we have restored the player’s physical fitness.
Be mindful also that the squad is a combination both old and new players. Therefore it will take a while to blend them but be lest assured that we will build a good team before the tournament.”
Before scorchers first training session on Thursday, the players on underwent medicals.
Kadzuwa said: The medical tests were basically meant to establish if declarations by the players themselves are genuine.
There are times players hide injuries such groin, ankle when called into camp but let me hasten to say that all of them are fine. There is no player who has shown signs of carrying injuries.”
Out of the 33 local players called into camp, 31 have reported for duties. However, Skippers’ goalkeeper Memory Banda has exempted herself due to commitments at her work place where as defender Fatsireni Kazembe is reportedly unwell.
The 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship will be held in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, between 3-14 November and 10 countries have so far confirmed their participation in this year’s regional tournament.