Malawi nalawi National Women Football team has started the Cosafa Women’s Championship Group A campaign with a loss after they were thrashed 6-3 in their first match against Zambia’s (The She-Polopolo) in a match played at Barbourfields in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Malawi was the first team to find the net through Sweden based international striker Tabitha Chawinga in the early minutes of the
first half but Zambia equalised after few minutes. The Zambian’s came again with the second goal before half time.
The Edgar Lungu girls took advantage of scoring another goals by utilising Malawi’s poor cordination starting from the defence and
midfield where players were just chasing shadows and losing a lot of balls.
Tabitha Chawinga who was in her top form and played her lungs out scored Malawi’s second goal after beating the thick forest defence of
Zambian side in the second half to make it 3-2 but Zambia players who were always quick on the ball scored the fourth goal and fifth goal in a space of ten minutes to put the match at 5-2.
Goal hungry Chawinga came again using her individual effort to score her third goal and become the first player to score a hat-trick.
Zambian’s could not stop puting Malawi on pressure. No wonder they continued scoring goals for fun when they scored their sixth goal in 88th minute to make it 6-3.
However, apart from Tabitha and her younger sister Temwa Chawinga who had a grand performance in the game, Malawi’s goalkeeper Martha Banda was also a marvel to watch as she managed to make brilliant saves in different occasions protecting Malawi from an embarassment disaster.
In the other match played on wednesday Namibia beat Botswan 4 nil.
Malawi’s next fixture is on September 15 against Madagascar.