The Malawi National Women’s Football team has been drawn alongside 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship runners-up Zambia and Lesotho in group B ahead of this year’s competition.
The 2020 COSAFA Senior Women’s Championship is scheduled for Nelson Mandela Bay from November 3-14, marking the return of women’s international football in Africa.
During the 2017 Scorchers suffered a 6-3 drabbing at the hands of Zambia, one of the team’s heaviest defeats in the tournament since 2002 when the two teams first met.
Despite stats placing Shepolopolo in a poll position, Malawi National Women’s Football team head coach McNelbert Kazuwa believes this draw presents the Scorchers an opportunity to go far in the competition.
Only the top team in each pool and the best runner-up advance to the semifinals.
“We have been waiting for the opportunity to face Shepolopolo more importantly because of what happened during last year’s championship”, Kazuwa said.
Last year, the Scorchers delegation complained that they suspected match fixing in a final group match that involved Zambia and Botswana.
At that point Both Malawi and Botswana had six points but Scorchers had a better goal difference of +13 compared to Botswana’s +4.
Zambia, who also had six points, had all-but qualified for the semifinals by virtue of a superior goal difference (+16) to both Malawi and Botswana.
Following the draw, Zambia and Botswana ended the group stage with seven points each with Zambia top on goal difference.
Zambia missed a number of chances to win the game with Rachel Nachula guilty of squandering a penalty in the 75th minute.
Had Zambia won the match it meant, the Malawi Women’s Senior National Football team could have meet Zambia again in the semifinal.
“Even though we lost against Zambia during the 2017 Cosafa Championship, we believe that we are going to challenge them this time around because we all have different squads now and it won’t be the same,” he added.
Hosts South Afirca are in group A alongside Eswatini, Comoros and Angola while group C has Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania.
The 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship will take place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa between 3-14 November.
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