The National Women Football Association (NWFA) has called 40 players to camp in preparation for the away friendly match against Botswana on December 3.
The players are expected to arrive at Malawi National Council of Sports today before proceeding to Mpira House in Chiwembe, according to a statement released by NWFA yesterday.
NWFA chairperson Severia Chalira said the friendly match will mark official launch of the campaign of building a strong national team by early next year.
She said after the Botswana match, they will play another friendly match against Zambia. “Our focus is to build a strong national team so that it should participate in all international tournaments next year.
“We planned to participate in East and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa) Cup last September, but this did not materialise. We have, therefore, channelled the funds to these two friendly matches. We are happy that Fifa through Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is sponsoring us,” she said.
FAM vice-president James Mwenda, who is also head of youth and technical subcommittee, confirmed the association’s approval for the team to have the two friendly matches. The team has not been active since last year when it played a friendly match away against Tanzania in November which it lost 2-0. Newly-appointed Malawi women football team coach Stewart Mbolembole said he is looking forward to forming a better team out of the 40 called players.
“Most of the called players are those taking part in the various women football tournaments. Obviously, we will have a good squad,” he said.
The full squad is as follows: Goalkeepers: Alice Msiska (DD Sunshine), Thoko Mwale, Mercy Sikelo (Ntopwa) as well as Memory Gama (Skippers). Defenders: Thandi Kasiya and Emily Jossam (Blantyre Zero), Ruth Nyirongo and Eluby Botomani (DD Sunshine), Ana Alizi (Skippers), Ruth Khola (Ntopwa Queens), Naomi Salima (Zomba Stars), Joyce Oposi (Lilongwe Stars), Violet China, Chimwemwe Katete (Mzuzu Queens). Midfielders: Madna Ngulube, Funny Mwale and Wezi Mvula (DD Sunshine), Chimwemwe Sapangwa, Enelecio Mhango, Sungeni Msiska,Pilirani Malola (Blantyre Zero), Omega Kapulukira Linda Kasenda, Bridget Nkuzilire (Skippers), Lucy Chiumia (Ntopwa). Strikers: Chipo Ngwira and Naomi Mwale (Moyale Queens), Temwa Kaonga (Super Dynamos), Maureen Phiri (CY Topic), Temwa Chabinga, Mary Chavinda (Blantyre Zero), Sabina Thom (DD Sunshine), Nancy Simkoka (Rumphi Sisters), Vanessa Chikupira (Bangwe Pirates),Tabitha Chabinga (Kvansvedens IK-Sweden).