Malawi: Chakwera Spoils Scorchers Players, Officials for Winning Cosafa Women’s Champions

President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera on Wednesday gave a special treat to the Malawi’s women football team, the Scorchers, at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe where he also announced that he would give each one of the players and officials K1.5 million and plot in Lilongwe.

Chakwera said the Scorchers’ win is no mean achievement and that it did not happen by luck; hence, his decision to award the team.

The Scorcchers have emerged the winners in the COSAFA Women’s Championship after betting South Africa 4-3 in its first group stage match.

“It is not by luck that you dismantled Eswatini by 8 goals to nil in your second group stage match. It is not by luck that you disoriented Madagascar with a 3 – 1 in your third group stage match. It is not by luck that you left our neighbours Mozambique dizzy with a 2 – 1 victory in the semi-final.

“And it is certainly not by luck that you snatched the crown from the grasp of the defending champions themselves with a 2 – 1 victory over Zambia, with a magical strike from Asimenye Simwaka in the first half and a winning strike from Sabina Thom in injury time to deny the Copper Queens of another title,” said the President.

The Malawi leader said the championship is built on a lifetime of family support, decades of ambition to succeed, years of hard work, months of discipline, weeks of good coaching, and a timeless love of country.

He said it was therefore only right that, on behalf of all Malawians, he should host the team at Kamuzu Palace to celebrate and to thank it for making the nation proud.