The Malawi national women’s football team is tomorrow expected to play defending champions, South Africa in the semifinal of the ongoing COSAFA tournament.
The match will be played in the afternoon at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
In their first match, last week, the Scorchers thumped Lesotho nine goals to nil and narrowly won by a goal to nil against rivals, Zambia.
In their last match, Temwa Chawinga secured the best player of the match accolade.
Regarding to tomorrow’s battle Chawinga she said; “We have prepared very well and everybody want to proceed to the finals and we have confidence that we will win.”
Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis is just as confident. When asked on how they plan to contain the Chawinga Sisters (Tabitha and Temwa), she indicated that the famous sisters’ threat should not stop them from concentrating on other areas.
“It’s 11 versus 11, we looked at other areas of the team and if we put our concentration on one side of the game then it means we’re forgetting what is at hand, the most important thing is to stop them from scoring,” Ellis said.
From Port Elizabeth in South Africa, some 8,352 kilometres away, the men’s national football team will be in action in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Kicking off at 9 in the evening, the Flames will be hoping to secure an away win over the Stallions in the first leg of the AFCON qualifiers.
The two teams will meet in the second leg on Monday at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
The Flames left homes soil on Monday but circumstances beyond their control forced them to spend a night in South Africa and another in Ethiopia before arriving at the enemy’s base on Wednesday.
Coach Meke Mwase is however optimistic that they still have chances to win away.