The Malawi Women’s Football under 20 team has started their campaign of 2022 Costa Rica FIFA World Cup Qualifiers badly as they have suffered a six nil defeat to Zambia at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
The Young Scoachers, which has been in camp for a week lacked coordination and concentration in all departments as they conceded four goals in the first half before letting in other two goals in the second half.
Speaking in a post match interview, Maggie Chombo; the Malawi head Coach said her team lacked match fitness and that her counterparts were too physical over them. She also attributed the defeat to poor preparations in which she said a week was not enough to prepare for the big game like that.
It is rare to see a carpenter blaming his tools for the bad made furniture, but Chombo did not hide that some of the players are not ready to play for the national team with the way they have played today.
“When I go home I will replace some of these players with others. Zambia has used home groud advantage today we can do the same at home in the return leg”, she added.
The return leg is expected to take place on 9th October, 2021.
Meanwhile, the Senior Scorchers are set to leave this country tomorrow morning for Port Elizabeth, South Africa ahead of the 2021 COSAFA Women’s Championship scheduled for September 28th to 9th October.
Andrew Aluki Chikhosi, the team’s Caretaker Coach has named a 20-member squad for the annual tournament.
The Scorchers who are in Group A alongside defending champions South Africa, Angola and Mozambique, will kick start the campaign with South Africa on 28th September before meeting Mozambique on 1st October and finish their group A games against Angola on 4th.
The tournament has attracted twelve teams which have been divided into three groups of four teams and group leaders and runners-up will proceed to the knock-out stage.
Scorchers captain Tabitha Chawinga and her sister Temwa who play their trade with Chinese giants Wuhan are not part of the squad.