The Malawi Senior Women’s Football team- The Scorchers sprinted out to a 6-0 lead over Lesotho within the first 45 minutes and added two more goals after halftime and resoundingly winning 9-0 in their 2020 COSAFA Senior Women’s Championship group B encounter at Wolfson Stadium, South Africa.
Tabitha Chawinga scored 6 on her return to the regional Women’s Football showpiece, while Temwa Chawinga, Zainab Kapanda and Asimenye Simwaka had a goal apiece for scorchers, who are targeting a first COSAFA title, nearly two decades since their maiden appearance at the tournament in 2002.
The Scorchers struck for the opener in the 3rd minute of play through Zainab Kapanda. That slander lead did not last long as Tabitha Chawinga increased the tally two minutes later.
Tabitha’s sister Temwa added the third in the 12th minute before Tabitha claimed a brace in the 23rd Minute. She was not done yet. The Scorchers skipper went on to score two more quick goals at the stroke of halftime including a penalty.
The second half began much like the first ended. Lesotho looked even more disorganized, while Scorchers maintained the pressure. Asimenye Simwaka netted the scorchers sixth goal in the 57th minute before Tabitha banged her fifth and sixth goal of the match in the 58th and 75th minute to bring take the score line to 9-0 at the end the interval.
The result ends Lesotho’s involvement in the competition, but Malawi sit on top of Group B ahead of a crunch clash with Zambia on Monday, where they would only need a draw to advance to the next stage on goal-difference.
Zambia and Malawi (12h30) go head-to-head in that potentially epic clash that will be centered on the Chawinga sisters and Barbra Banda for the Copper Queens.
Monday’s showdown will be the first for the two sides since 2019 when the Scorchers delegation complained that they suspected match fixing in a final group match that involved Zambia and Botswana.
McNelbert Kazuwa, the Scorchers head coach has made it an open secret that he wants to make Zambia pay for their 2019 mistakes.
Tabitha’s player of the match performance comes barely days after vowing to help the team grab the championship by making sure that they register remarkable goals galore from the group stages, all the way to the final.