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‘Scorchers’ preps for COSAFA Championship

●Towela Vinkhumbo, Enelasio Mhango dropped

●All locally based players test negative for Coronavirus

●To undergo medica and fitness tests on Thursday

Malawi National Womens Football Team Coach MacNelbert Kadzuwa has named his 35-member squad for the 2020 Cosafa Womens Championship.

The tournament is scheduled for Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa between 3-14 November 2020.

Notable faces missing on the list include Enelasio Mhango wife to the controversial Polokwane City striker Khuda Muyaba and Towela Vinkhumbo.

MacNelbert Kadzuwa (c)

In May this year, Enelasio gave birth to a baby boy Khuda Myaba Jnr, named after his  Towela joined UK’s netball giant Seven Stars netball club in early November last year.

Recently, Khuda’s wife who was one of the key members in the Scorchers squad during the 2021 Olympic qualifiers, publicly criticised Flames Coach Meck Mwase and the FAM leadership for dropping her husband in the squad that played friendly matches against Zambia and Zimbabwe.

35-member Scorchers Squad for the 2020 Cosafa Womens Championship:

Goalkeepers
1. Mercy Sikelo (Ntopwa Super Queens)
2. Thoko Mwale (Blantyre Zero)
3. Memory Banda (Skippers)
4. Ruth Mhango (DD Academy)
5. Samir Amidu (DD Sunshine)

Defenders
1. Chimwemwe Madise (DD Sunshine)
2. Ruth Nyirongo (DD Sunshine)
3. Tionge Phiri (DD Sunshine)
4. Maureen Phiri (CY Sisters)
5. Patricia Nyirenda (Ntopwa)
6. Emily Jossam (Skippers)
7. Fatsireni Kazembe (Skippers)
8. Sylvia Phiri (Ntopwa)
9. Saliva January (Ntopwa)

Midfielders
1. Madyina Ngulube (DD Sunshine)
2. Fanny Mwale (DD Sunshine)
3. Wezzie Mvula (DD Sunshine)
4. Sabina Thom (DD Sunshine)
5. Caroline Mathyola (DD Sunshine)
6. Salome Vinkhumbo (Blantyre Zero)
7. Zainab Kapanda (Blantyre Zero)
8. Pilirani Malora (Blantyre Zero)
9. Lyna James (Blantyre Zero)
10. Grace Yotamu (Ntopwa)
11. Chikondi Gondwe (CY Sisters)

Strikers
1. Vanessa Chikupira (Blantyre Zero)
2. Mary Chavinda (Blantyre Zero)
3. Chipo Ngwenya (Moyale Sisters)
4. Naomi Mwale (Moyale Sisters)
5. Asimenye Simwaka (Topik Sisters)
6. Yamikani Mhango (Ntopwa Super Queens)
7. Fazira Chiyembekeza (Skippers)
8. Loveness Nyakamera (Skippers)
9. Tabitha Chawinga (Jiangsu Suning- China)
10. Temwa Chawinga (Wuhan Jiangda-China)

Last year, the Malawi Women Football National eeam exited the 2019 COSAFA Cup tournament played in Port Elizabeth, South Africa after Zambia drew against Botswana in the last Group B match.

In that tournament, China based Chawinga Sisters, Tabitha and Temwa who have just concluded their 2020 season last weekend with the latter guiding her side Wuhan to the Chinese Womens Super League championship in her debut season did not feature.

Chinese based Temwa Chawinga in action

However, Scorchers coach Kazuwa has included the Chawinga sisters in the squad which starts camp training on Thursday October 15, at the Mpira Village in Blantyre.
Similarly, the team crushed out of the 2021 Olympics Qualifiers after losing 3-2 on goal aggregate to the Harambe Starlets of Kenya.

In a statement, FAM Director of Communication Gomegzani Zakazaka indicated that Southern Region based players have started arriving at Mpira Village on Wednesday afternoon while those from the Centre and North will join camp on Thursday morning.

Credit: FAM

Furthermore, Zakazaka disclosed that all the local based players tested negative after undergoing COVID-19 tests three days ago.

Meanwhile, the FAM Communication Director says the players will also undergo medical and fitness tests on Thursday as well as COVID-19 camping guidelines orientation before they start their training sessions

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