BY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF MALAWI
Multitalented defender Towera Vinkhumbo has finally joined the Malawi National Women’s Football team camp ahead of the COSAFA Women’s Championship after returning from another national tour of duty with the Malawi National Netball team.
Vinkhumbo played for the Netball Queens at the just ended Netball World Cup in England.
She trained with the team for the first time on Thursday and looked in high spirits to convince coach Abel Mkandawire that she deserves a place in the final 20-member squad to be announced on Sunday.
“I am happy that finally I have joined the squad. I know the team has been working hard and I also must work hard in the remaining days to show the coach that I deserve to be in the team.
“I don’t think I will struggle to catch up with them because the fitness trainings we were doing with the Queens kept me in shape,” she said.
Vinkhumbo said the girls are determined to do well at the tournament and asked for support from all the stakeholders.
“Our past two outings were not successful as we failed to go past the group stages. Last year we lost 6-0 against South Africa and we are meeting them again. We want to do better this time around.
“Our target is to reach the semifinals and Malawians should have trust in us and support us,” said Vinkhumbo.
Mkandawire believes Vinkhumbo is going to catch up but urged her to prove that she will add value in South Africa.
“ She is a good player with lots of experience and brings a lot of stability in the team. Her fitness level are superb but now she has to prove on the pitch if she will be able to adapt to our tactical orientations that we have been doing in the past days. It’s not automatic that she will jump into the final squad,” said Mkandawire.
The team will leave for South Africa on Monday . The COSAFA Women’s Championship will be held in Port Elizabeth between July 31 and August 11 and Malawi are in Group A together with South Africa, Comoros and Madagascar.