Malawi Under-20 women’s football national team coach Maggie Chombo Sadik will miss the World Cup preliminary round qualifier return leg against Zimbabwe on February 1 after sustaining an injury yesterday.
She sustained a left ankle fracture as she was demonstrating to players during a training session on Friday morning.
Sadik was treated at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and is now walking with the support of clutches.
“Due to the injury, she will not travel with the team to Zimbabwe for a 2020 Women’s Under 20 Fifa World Cup preliminary round Qualifier return leg. assistant-coach Kondwani Mwalweni will take charge of the team in Zimbabwe,” reads a statement in part, posted on Fifa Facebook Page.
Meanwhile Chombo-Sadik applauded Football Association of Malawi (FAM)for organising a friendly before facing Zimbabwe on February 1.
“It is a very exciting news to hear that FAM has secured this friendly, which we believe will help us tighten the loose ends ahead of the Zimbabwe return match,” she said.
Malawi Under-20 captain Zainab Kapanda said the friendly will instil confidence in the team ahead of the World Cup qualifier.
“If you noted, we struggled a lot against Zimbabwe in the first leg, especially in the first half, because most of my teammates lacked international experience. Having a second international match before the away return leg will help build our confidence,” she said.
FAM competitions and communications director Gomezgani Zakazaka said the team leaves for Lusaka, Zambia today and is expected to proceed to Bulawayo on Wednesday
youth development structures. We will be happy to see our athletes properly motivated and have access to good medical services when they are sick or injured and fairly compensated.”
However, Kuyera applauded clubs for starting to implement club licensing.
“Clubs are already doing all these things, but we just want to add an extra mile,” he said.
Club licencing and compliance manager Casper Jangalstressed the significance of club licensing adding that Malawi should not be left behind as other Fifa members are making strides.
“Club licensing is a beautiful thing. Fifa saw the gaps that are there and that’s why it introduced club licensing. It’s not a punishment. All Fifa members have embraced it. It’s up to us to remain behind or move forward,” he said.
The seminar tackled five tenets of club licencing, administrative and personnel, financial, sporting, infrastructure and legal with presentations from Jangale, FAM referees development officer Maxwell Mtonga and FAM club licensing first instance body member Cuthbert Munyenyembe The delegates also discussed gate management and e-ticketing after a presentation from FAM commercial and marketing director Limbani Matola.