The Malawi National women’s Football team has defeated Mozambique National Women’s Football team by 11 goals to 1 in the first leg of the 2020 Olympic Women’s qualifier played at Kamuzu Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The team lead by Chinese based striker Tabitha Chawinga produced a wonderful performance on the ground as they showed signs of wanting to burn the Mambas from the start.
With the She Flames hungry for a goal, Tabitha Chawinga netted the opener in the 10th minute after beating the Mozambique defence on a counter before her sister Temwa Chawinga who plays her club football in Sweden double the lead in the 20th minute.
The Chawinga sisters were on fire for the She Flames as they each also scored a goal with the game approaching 30 minutes to take the goals tally to 4.
Temwa Chawinga was at it again in the 34th minute before scoring her fourth goal on the afternoon in the 42nd minute for the She Flames to lead by 7 goals to 0 at half time with the other goal scored by Wezi Mvula.
In the second half, Malawi gave the visitors no chance as they kept on pressurising them in search of more goals that in a space of five minutes the She Flames scored 3 goals with Linda Kasenda scoring a brace and Temwa Chawinga scoring her 5th goal to make it 10 goals for the She Flames.
With the game near it’s end, Tabitha Chawinga scored from the spot kick after she was fouled before the visitors scored a consolation goal in extra time after a miscommunication in the Malawi defense for the game to end 11-1 in favour of Malawi.
Speaking in an interview after the game, She Flames coach Abel Mkandawire said he was happy with the teams performance and for the win.
“Am happy for the team has displayed brilliant football and that we have managed to win the game. Let me thank the girls for they played according to the tactics and game plan that worked to our advantage as it gave the visitors no chance.
“It’s not over until we play second leg and we should not be much comfortable that we are through to the next round as Mozambique will have to play at home and can also manage to score as many goals as we have done so we need to go in the second leg to finish the job we have started today”, Mkandawire said.
The She Flames captain Tabitha Chawinga who for the first time played at home for the She Flames said
“We fought a good fight as a team and am happy we managed to win the game and with the win it will be easy to finish the job in Mozambique in 5 days time”, said Tabitha Chawinga.
The win gives the She Flames an advantage as they will be going into the second leg of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Women’s qualifier on 9th April in Maputo and the winner of the 2 matches will face Kenya in the next round of the qualifiers.