China-based Malawi women’s national football team strikers Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga could be available for this year’s Cosafa Women’s Championship slated for November 3, 14 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
Tabitha, who plays for Jiangsu Sunning and her sister Temwa of Wuhan FC, will be on recess as the Chinese Women’s Super League is expected to conclude on Sunday.
The availability of the two strikers could be good news for the Scorchers ahead of the tournament.
Tabitha, who has netted seven goals in China this season, said she could be available for the tournament if selected.
“It will be up to the technical panel to decide but that time I will be on holiday,” she said.
Tabitha last played for the team in the Cosafa Cup in 2011 in Zimbabwe as Malawi bowed out of the competition in the semifinals.
Her sister Temwa was also optimistic of taking part in the competition for the first time.
“The league will be on recess and I am eager to play for the national team,” she said.
The youngster has started the Chinese Women’s Super League on a high having scored seven goals in her debut season.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Executive Committee meeting approved the Scorchers participation in this year’s Cosafa Cup.
Scorchers coach Macnebart Kazuwa said chances were high that the Chawinga sisters could feature for the team during this year’s tournament.
“Tabitha and Temwa are key players for us and it will be great to have them,” he said.
Kazuwa will lead the Scorchers for first time this year having replaced Abel Mkandawire whose contract was not renewed.
For the second consecutive years, the Scorchers have failed to go past the group stages of competition.
Last year, Malawi registered two victories against Madagascar (2-0) and Comoros Islands (13-0) but lost to hosts and defending champions South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.
Malawi women’s national football team has never won the Cosafa Cup.