Malawian China based Chawinga Sisters, Tabitha and Temwa, on Thursday joined the Malawi Women’s National Football team camp at Mpira Village in Blantyre ahead of the Cosafa Women’s Championship scheduled for South Africa from next week.
Tabitha plays for Jiangsu Suning while her sister Temwa plays for Wuhan Jianghan University FC.
Speaking to the media after her first training session on Thursday afternoon, Tabitha, who is also the team’s captain, said she is happy to be part of this year’s tournament after missing the last two editions.
Tabitha said: “It’s our wish to go beyond the group stages this year therefore everyone has to work very hard if we are to achieve that.
“But also, there will be scouts looking for players during the tournament so this might be a chance for some players to get exposed and clinch foreign deals.”
The two stars reported in Blantyre on Tuesday but went straight into self-isolation as they were waiting for their Covid-19 tests which came out negative.
Scorchers head coach, McNelbert Kazuwa, expressed delight with the arrival of the two strikers, who are the only foreign based players in his squad.
“Everyone is happy that they are finally here because their presence always lifts the spirit in the camp,” he said.
The 2020 Cosafa Women’s Championship will be played in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, from November 3-14.
The Scorchers are in group B alongside Zambia and Lesotho.
Their first game will be against Lesotho on November 7 before facing Zambia two days later.