After over a two-year break, the Malawi women football team goes into camp later this month in preparation for Africa Women Football Championship qualifiers.
The National Women Football Committee (NWFC) has since named a local squad of 32, which will face either Tanzania or Zambia in preparatory matches in August.
The squad does not include three foreign-based professionals—Tabitha Chawinga, Chisomo Kazisonga and Loveness Nyakamera—who are based in Sweden, Austria and South Africa respectively.
However, NWFC chairperson Severia Chalira said they are yet to name the coaching panel of the team currently being drilled by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) technical director (TD) John Kaputa.
“These players were selected with the help of the TD and we believe, we are now ready to compete in international competitions,” said Chalira.
“Before coming up with this list we had organised football bonanzas in all the three regions, where regional coaches made the selection. We hope this is the beginning of revival for the national team,” said Chalira.
She also expressed gratitude to the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) for funding the exercise and also for agreeing to arrange the friendly games.
The full list is as follows: Goalkeepers: Thokozani Fulaye, Alice Msiska, Memory Banda, Martha Banda; Defenders: Lina Chipili, Annia Lizzi, Ruth Nyirongo, Wezzie Mvula, Chimwemwe Madise, Joyce Oposi, Esther Mkamanga, Emily Jossam, Elizabeth Kandulu, Elizabeth David; Midfielders: Sara Kalyembe, Madyina Ngulube, Elube Bottoman, Mwayi Kasiya, Mary Chavinda, Enelescio Mhango, Hanna Moses, Sungeni Msiska; Strikers: Mercy Shaba, Sabina Thom, Temwa Chawinga, Omega Kapulukira, Linda Kasenda, Pilirani, Malola,Vanessa, Lyta Magombo, Naomi Mwale and Chippo Ngwira. n