The Malawi national women football team regrouped at Chiwembe in Blantyre on Tuesday for the Cosafa Championship preparations slated for Port Elizabeth in South Africa this monthend.
The team’s coach Abel Mkandawire has expressed satisfaction with the day one outcome saying the players are still fit after some time off the national duties.
Malawi last played in the qualifiers of the 2020 Olympics in April when they beat Mozambique 14-1 over two legs.
On Tuesday, the players underwent a medical checkup and were all certified fit by the team’s doctor.
“In the afternoon, we had our first training session and you could notice that they have not lost touch. Last year we were beaten by South Africa in the same competition but we are just encouraging our girls to remain focused so that we don't only concentrate on Banyana Banyana alone,” Mkandawire said.
He added that all the local players have reported for training except Skippers FC’s Linda Kasenda who was expected to join the squad on Thursday.
The She-Flames were paired against Banyana Banyana, Comoros and Madagascar in Group A of the championship.
Banyana Banyana are the defending champions and were in France for the Fifa Women's World Cup.
After the Cosafa assignment, the She-Flames will continue their Olympics qualifiers journey by playing Kenya in August.