By Mphatso Malidadi:
Newly appointed Malawi women’s national football team Coach, Abel Mkandawire, has dared players to prove their prowess during the day-long mini tournament set for Civo Stadium in Lilongwe today.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has organised the tournament which will involve regional select sides ahead of the She-Flames’ participation in several international competitions.
Mkandawire said the panel will be looking for players to be called into camp on Monday.
“We will consider different factors like skill and speed but above all, players who can adapt to new tactics as we prepare for international tournaments. Of course I know some of the players but they just need to prove if they are still good enough,” he said.
The event will involve three regional select sides who will play on a round-robin format as Fam assembles a squad to play Mozambique in the African Women’s 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers next month.
Fam Technical Director John Kaputa said with women’s football leagues in off-season, the tournament will give the coaches a platform to select good players.
Kaputa said there is need to cast the net wider so that more national team players are discovered.
“Since the 2018 Cosafa women’s tournament, the team has been inactive. So we want to see if the players who featured in the last games are still there and in good form. This will also be our chance to spot new players.
“Once we have selected the local squad, we will also invite our foreign-based players including captain Tabitha Chawinga and her sister Temwa,” Kaputa told Fam’s website.
Malawi host Mozambique on April 4 at Kamuzu Stadium with the return leg scheduled for Maputo a week later.