Chawinga sisters back in Scorchers Cosafa squad

Tabith and Temwa Chawinga

This year's Cosafa Women's Championship will welcome back Malawi's football exports to China, Tabitha and Temwa Chabinga after a two-year absence.

Malawi National Women’s Football Team Coach MacNebert Kazuwa on Wednesday named a 35-member squad ahead of the competition set for Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa between 3-14 November, 2020 that includes the sisters.

Last year, Tabitha was named one of the competition's heroes but unfortunately she never turned up due to club commitments.

This time the duo is available after concluding their 2020 season last weekend with Temwa's side Wuhan winning the Chinese Women’s Super League champions in her debut season.

The Scorchers will start camp training on Thursday October 15, at the Mpira Village in Blantyre.

According to Football Association of Malawi (FAM) director of communications, Gomezgani Zakazaka, Southern Region based players already started arriving at Mpira Village on Wednesday afternoon while those from the Centre and North will join on Thursday.

On Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures, Zakazaka said all locally-based players underwent tests over the past three days and the results were negative.

"The players will also undergo medical and fitness tests on Thursday as well as COVID-19 camping guidelines orientation before they start their training sessions.

"This is a great opportunity for the team as FAM we made a commitment to have them participate in all the competitions available. Since 2017 they haven't missed the COSAFA, they played in the Olympics qualifiers for the first time last year and this year they were due to play in the AFCON qualifiers  against Eswatini but the match was called off and the whole competition was called off due to COVID-19 pandemic," he said.

Full squad

Goalkeepers:

Mercy Sikelo (Ntopwa Super Queens), Thoko Mwale (Blantyre Zero), Memory Banda (Skippers), Ruth Mhango (DD Academy), Samir Amidu (DD Sunshine).

Defenders:

Chimwemwe Madise (DD Sunshine), Ruth Nyirongo (DD Sunshine), Tionge Phiri (DD Sunshine), Maureen Phiri (CY Sisters), Patricia Nyirenda (Ntopwa), Emily Jossam (Skippers), Fatsireni Kazembe (Skippers), Sylvia Phiri (Ntopwa), Saliva January (Ntopwa).

Midfielders:

Madyina Ngulube (DD Sunshine), Fanny Mwale (DD Sunshine), Wezzie Mvula (DD Sunshine), Sabina Thom (DD Sunshine), Caroline Mathyola (DD Sunshine), Salome Vinkhumbo (Blantyre Zero), Zainab Kapanda (Blantyre Zero), Pilirani Malora (Blantyre Zero),  Lyna James (Blantyre Zero), Grace Yotamu (Ntopwa), Chikondi Gondwe (CY Sisters).

Strikers:

Vanessa Chikupira (Blantyre Zero), Mary Chavinda (Blantyre Zero), Chipo Ngwenya (Moyale Sisters), Naomi Mwale (Moyale Sisters), Asimenye Simwaka (Topik Sisters), Yamikani Mhango (Ntopwa Super Queens), Fazira Chiyembekeza (Skippers), Loveness Nyakamera (Skippers), Tabitha Chawinga (Jiangsu Suning- China), Temwa Chawinga (Wuhan Jiangda-China)