President, Lazarus Chakwera has challenged the Malawi national senior women football team to aim for gold medal in their next assignments.
Chakwera hosted the team at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Tuesday on their return from the Cosafa Women Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where they won Silver medal.
The team qualified for the finals after defeating South Africa, which has been one of the stumbling blocks in their previous campaigns.
They then lost 1-0 to Tanzania in the final encounter.
"It is encouraging to note that the team took the whole nation to the finals through teamwork. I hope that all Malawians will emulate the Scorchers. It can be easy to develop the new Malawi by collectively working together," Chakwera said.
The President further appealed to those managing the team to ensure they provide necessary support by improving its welfare so that they manage to raise the bar.
The team's captain, Madyina Ngulube presented some of the challenges the team faces.
Madyina indicated that the team lacks sponsorship, among others.
She also used the opportunity to request for employment opportunities in some Government departments for the girls.
"With your support and resources made available we are ready to continue putting Malawi on the international map," Ngulube said.
The Scorchers are already in camp in preparation for the 2022 Women AFCON qualifier against Zambia.
They had a loosening session at Civo Stadium on Tuesday morning.