The Malawi Senior Women’s Football team-Scorchers coach Mcnebert Kazuwa has called on Malawians to rally behind as his charges play their first match today.
The Scorchers are in South Africa for the COSAFA Senior Women’s Championship which began on November 3 with a match between Eswatini and Comoros.
Malawi are in group B of the competition alongside Zambia and Lesotho who already played each other on Wednesday.
Today, it is then the turn for the Scorchers to get onto the field as they play Lesotho 15:30, Malawi time.
Coach Kazuwa says seeing how the girls performed during the last training session yesterday, confidence can be granted, that the team will win the match.
“The team is well prepared for the game against Lesotho. The girls trained and responded very well and it shows that they are ready. There have been no injuries and the girls are just fit and ready for the game.” He said.
Kazuwa said they have also gone further to prepare the team mentally as another important aspect in getting set for such a competition.
“Mentally, we have done very well. We have prepared the girls in terms of mental ability and I can say mentally, they are well prepared and they know what to do on the pitch. The girls are giving hope of victory. Expect much from them.” Kazuwa assured.
He then concluded by calling on Malawians to support the team saying it is one of those actions that can help boost confidence in the players as they play in the competition.
“I request all Malawians to be behind us. Be behind the team. They are ready to carry the day. Lesotho is not a team we can underrate. In fact, there is no team we can underrate here. So, expect better from the Scorchers. Give us good support.” Kazuwa said.
Captain Tabitha Chawinga is expected to lead the team in the striking force, alongside her young sister Temwa, who are the only foreign based players in the team.
Earlier in Malawi, Tabitha said this is a chance for the players to sell themselves out to the world on what skills they possess on the pitch while on the other hand, playing to make Malawi shine.
“We have a target as a team, we need to win. We need to take the trophy in the Cosafa. Each time we pray to God to help us to do something for the whole Malawi to celebrate together with us. So, I trust my team-mate, and I trust in God. We are going to do something better. We will score many goals in Cosafa.” Tabitha said.
After their game today, their next encounter for Malawi will be on Monday, against Zambia at the same venue.