Malawi nationals but foreign based strikers of the Malawi women’s Football team, Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga are expected to jet in on August 26, the very same day for airport and border shutdown demonstrations.
The demonstrations are organized by the Human Rights Defender Coalition in protest to force Malawi Electro Commission Chairperson resign.
She-Flames are to face Kenya on 28 August in the first leg of the 2020 Olympic qualifier at Kamuzu stadium in Blantyre.
But the arrival of Tabitha and Temwa might be affected due to the demonstrations.
Temwa confirmed in an interview that she was expected to arrive in August 26,just two days to the game.
“I might arrive on Monday but Temwa will leave Sweden on 24 or 25; so, she might also be in Malawi on Sunday or Monday. I am ready to play for my country after I missed the Cosafa Championship. The team is in good shape and we hope to do well against Kenya,” Tabitha said.
Tabitha, alongside Temwa and midfielder Madyina Ngulube, did not take part in the Cosafa Championship in South Africa due to club commitments and injuries.
Abel Mkandawikre, head coach of She-Flames said he hoped to full squad for the match.
Kenya is also expected to arrive in the country next week for the match.
David Ouma Coachof Kenya said his squad was ready for the Malawi clash.
“We have put a lot of effort in training and it has paid off if results against Ethiopia are anything to go by. It is time for me to assess how well my players have performed,” Xinhuanet.com quotes Ouma as saying.
Should the She-Flames progress to the next round, they would face the winner of another match between Ghana and Gabon in the qualifiers.
Malawi has never qualified for the Olympic Games since women’s football was introduced to the country.
During the Cosafa Championship, Malawi defeated Madagascar 2-0, lost 3-1 to South Africa and thrashed Comoros Islands 13