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Scorchers dates ‘The Girls’ in COSAFA Semifinal showdown

This is Malawi’s first semifinal berth in nine years

Asimenye Simwaka challenged by Lushomo Mweemba and Ireen Lungu of Zambia/ Credit: COSAFA

 

The Malawi Senior Women’s National team qualified for the 2020 Cosafa women’s Championship semifinals, beating resilient Zambia 1-0 Monday.

China based Temwa Chawinga scored the lone goal of the match with a glancing header at the half hour mark.

There was no reply from the Copper Queens despite hitting the goal post twice during the match.

With this victory, Scorchers secured a slot in the COSAFA Senior Women’s Championship for the first time since 2011.

Player of the match Temwa Chiwinga told Supersport reporter Lerato in a post-match interview that the scorchers win was a product of the team’s hard work.

She said: “We worked hard to win this game and I’m happy we made it.

“Before the game, the coach told us not to defend but attack. So because we listened to his instructions, we got the goal and I’m happy we are through to the next stage.”

Scorchers Head Coach McNelbert Kazuwa was overwhelmed with the win saying the win was a great joy to the team and Malawians in general.

“The team is more organized now than we were in 2019 and be lest assured that this time around we are in good shape,” Kazuwa said.

His counterpart Bruce Mwape conceded defeat, admitting that despite playing well, his charges created a few chances in the match.

“All I can say is that we had a few chances, especially in the first half and if we utilized those chances, it would have been a different story.

I knew it would be a 50-50 affair but our friends, the only chance they had they managed to score,” Mwape said.

Scorchers now face the host South Africa who finished as Group A leaders, in Thursday’s semifinal.

In the other semifinal, best second placed team Zambia takes on Botswana.

Victories for Scorchers and Copper Queens in the semifinals may see the two sides meeting again in the final.

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