Malawi women national football team’s friendly match against Tanzania has been shifted to November 7, according to National Women Football Committee (NWFC) chairperson Severia Chalira.
The national team was expected to face Tanzania at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe this weekend in preparation for the Cosafa championships in Seychelles in March 2016, but the match has been postponed as the Tanzanians will be participating in their general elections this Sunday.
Following the rescheduling of the strength testing match, the Malawi squad was yesterday released from camp and will resume training at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre on November 2, according to Chalira.
“It has been agreed that the friendly will be rescheduled to November 7 at Civo Stadium. We could not shift it to next week because Civo will be hosting Standard Bank Cup finals and our Tanzanian counterparts will be waiting for the release of election results,” she said.
Apart from helping Malawi to tune up for the Cosafa event, the international friendly will also be crucial for enhancing the national team’s stand on the Fifa rankings’ ladder.
The match will be the first international game for Malawi since November 2013, when the team went into a self-imposed two-year break for rebuilding exercise following embarrassing defeats, including 2-8 and 1-5 losses to Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively.