Malawi women football national team wants to participate in the inaugural Council for East and Central Africa Football Association (Cecafa) women football championship slated for August in Uganda.
However, the team has not been active since last year when it played a friendly match away against Tanzania in November which it lost 0-2.
National Women Football Association (NWFA) chairperson Severia Chalira said K40 million is already available for the team’s participation in the August Cecafa competition.
“Our desire is that the team should always be active. We had a friendly match against Tanzania to prepare for the Confederation of South Africa Football Association (Cosafa) Championships although the tournament did not take place.
“We have resorted to participating in the Cecafa competition. A request to Cecafa has already been sent through Football Association of Malawi [FAM],” she said.
The Malawi Women football team is currently on position 131 on the Fifa Coca-Cola world rankings.
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zanzibar, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea are among the countries Malawi will likely face if they take part in the regional competition.
Malawi women football team coach Thom Mkorongo said the country has the talent that can do the nation proud in such tournaments.
He said with women football competitions currently underway, it will be easy to select good players for the national duty.
“It is nice to participate in such competitions, with FAM and Presidential Cup currently taking place.
“We are happy to announce that it will be easy to assemble a good national team,” he said.