'Good preparations, good game plan will be key'
The Malawi senior women's football team the Scorchers and the Under-20 side have each been pitted against Zambia in the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) and World Cup qualifying games, respectively, following draws conducted on Monday.
The senior women's team will meet neighbours and rivals Zambia in the 2022 Africa Women's Cup of Nations first round qualifiers at home on June 7, 2021 before travelling to Lusaka for the second leg fixture on June 15.
The winner of that match will proceed to the second round for a clash against either Namibia or Tanzania in October. This fixture will be among 22 that will determine the 11 joining hosts Morocco at next year's finals.
Scorchers assistant coach Andrew Chikhosi told Kulinji.com, good preparation will be key.
"It's unfortunate that the draw has gone like that but with good preparations and good game plan nothing can stop us from going to the next round. Zambia is like any other team we have also beat them before but it will be a tough game.
"By good preparations I mean if the girls can regroup in good time and maybe play a friendly game before they meet Zambia as you we have stayed for a longtime without playing," Chikhosi said.
Malawi beat Zambia 1-0 when the two sides last met at the Cosafa Cup in November last year.
The draw saw the 44 teams seeded based on geography rather than a ranking system no wonder giants Nigeria were also pitted against neighbours Ghana.
The Women's Nations Cup will also act as the qualifiers for the global showpiece to be played in Australia and New Zealand with the four semi-finalists securing places at the 2023 World Cup
Coincidentally at the draw, the junior Malawi Under-20 women's side was also drawn against the Shepolopolo and will face them in the second round as both teams have been exempted from playing in the first round of the Fifa World Cup Africa qualifiers.
There was also a draw from the Women's Under-20 but Malawi was not in the pot.