Kazuwa names maiden COSAFA squad

By: Duncan Kaonga

Malawi National women’s football team coach MacNebert Kazuwa has named his first 35-member squad since taking charge of the team ahead of the 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship which will take place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa between 3-14 November 2020.

Kazuwa has called 33 local based players and two foreign based players who are China based Chawinga Sisters, Tabitha and Temwa who have just wrapped up their 2020 season last weekend with the latter helping her side Wuhan to their maiden Chinese Women’s Super League championship in her debut season.

The duo will make their return to the championship following their last appearance in Zimbabwe during the 2017 edition and missed out on the previous edition because of club commitments.

According to Football Association of Malawi(FAM) director of operations and Media, Gomezgani Zakazaka FAM has finalized the processes for the camping of the Malawi National women’s senior team which is expected to go into camp on Thursday in preparation for the 2020 Cosafa Women’s championship.

“Basically all these players who have been drawn from all the three regions underwent Covid-19 test in the past two days and they have all tested negative and when the whole group reports for camp they will undergo a medical and fitness test and as well as Covid-19 camping regulations orientation before they start their training,” said Zakazaka.

Zakazaka added that FAM thought that the Scorchers go into camp early ahead of the Cosafa tournament because it’s important for the team to be taking part in these competitions.

“As FAM we have made a commitment that each and every competition that is available for the women’s senior national team they should be participating, since 2017 they have never missed the Cosafa championship they have never missed any competition that is available for them, they were in Olympics qualifiers last year for the first time and this year they were due to play in the Afcon qualifiers against Eswatini but the match was called off and the eventual championship called off again by CAF due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

The Scorchers under former coach Abel Mkandawire failed to make it out of the group stages during the last tournament.

Notable missing players in the squad include versatile Towera Vinkhumbo, Bridget Mkudzilire and Enelecio Mhango.

Below is the full squad

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)

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