Malawi national senior women’s football team coach, Abel Mkandawire said he is already devising plans of coping with the absence of foreign-based sisters Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga should they not make it for the Cosafa Women’s Championship slated for this month end.
Mkandawire on Sunday named his 25-member squad to go into camp to prepare for the competition and on the list, are captain Tabitha who plays in China and Temwa who plays in Sweden.
The team went into camp on Tuesday at Chiwembe Technical Centre in Blantyre, but the sisters are yet to jet in.
The two recently indicated that they may not be available for the championship.
Mkandawire said while they are waiting for the two, it was imperative to start working on plan B if they do not make it.
“Missing these two will be a heavy blow considering their influence in the team. They inspire others and Tabitha as captain is a good leader both in and outside the pitch. However, we are planning to work on the available players to step into the sisters’ shoes should they really fail to come. The good thing they have been with the team recently and the other players have learnt some things from them. In such situations, it is important to grant other players chances and they tick to impress,” Mkandawire said.
The She-Flames are also preparing for the 2020 Olympics qualifiers against Kenya.
Early this year, the team ousted Mozambique 14-1 in two legs of the Olympic qualifiers.
Goalkeeper Samir Amidu who only conceded once in the qualifiers is among the four goalkeepers invited to join camp, alongside DD Sunshine’s defender Sabina Thom, who once played in Sweden, and Linda Kasenda from Skippers FC who scored during the Mozambique matches.
At the Cosafa, Malawi is paired against hosts and defending champions South Africa, Madagascar and Comoros.