Scorchers ready for Zambia's Copper Queens

Malawi Scorchers
  • Zambia is a big team but we are also big-Scorchers coach

Malawi and Zambia may have avoided each other at this year's Cosafa Cup but the neighbours have no choice but meet each other in a 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations qualifying first leg  match at Bingu National Stadium on Wednesday.

Coming straight from emerging Cosafa Cup  silver medalists, Malawi national women's team The Scorchers' coach McNelbert Kazuwa is upbeat that the team will use everything in their arsenal to defeat the Copper Queens.

Speaking ahead of the match, Kazuwa said his charges will not give chance to the visitors to penetrate. 

"We have prepared very well and we are geared for the game. We went back to the pitch and corrected the mistakes that we encountered during the Cosafa tournament and the good thing is the girls responded positively.

"We are going to play our usual attacking and counter-pressing football come tomorrow. We have done enough to drill the girls both physically, mentally and tactically ahead of tomorrow's encounter.

"Zambia is a big team but we are also big. Yes we beat them during our last meeting but we have told our girls to forget that because that was in 2020 and a different competition so we are taking this as a new match.

​  ​Malawi's engine room: Asimenye Simwaka
​  ​Malawi's engine room: Asimenye Simwaka

Having watched how the current crop of Zambian players is doing and we are going to use their weaknesses to penetrate and defeat them, said Kazuwa. 

The last time the two sides met was during the 2020 Cosafa Women's Championship. Malawi won 1-0 courtesy of Temwa Chawinga's goal.

The winner between Malawi and Zambia will face the winner between Namibia and Tanzania in the second round.