Coach Maggie Chombo Sadiki has said she anticipates a tough match when Malawi clashes with hosts Banyana Banyana Monday at Cosafa Women’s Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Banyana Banyana took control of Group A after registering a victory in their second match against Botswana on Friday. They lead the table with six points, having beaten Madagascar in the first match.
Malawi and Botswana are tied on three points apiece, after Malawi recovered from the opening game loss to Botswana to beat Madagascar 2-0.
Chombo-Sadiki said she is aware that the hosts will come with guns blazing in search for automatic qualification.
She, however, said after the win against Madagascar, the morale was high in her camp.
“Morale is now high in camp and we are looking forward to the match against Banyana Banyana. It is another must-win match for us,’’ said Chombo-Sadiki.
However, she should be wary of the arrival of Banyana Banyana’s overseas-based trio of Janine van Wyk, Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana in camp.
With a draw enough to seal a semi-final qualifiication, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis is expected to feature a strong squad in tomorrow’s match.
Winners in each of the three groups will automatically qualify for the semi-final, where they will be joined by the best losers