SheFlames shotdown 6-3 at COSAFA

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The Malawi Women’s Football team opened their 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship campaign with a 6-3 loss to Zambia in their opening Group A match played at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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According to a live update from COSAFA the SheFlames dominated the early exchanges of a thrilling end-to-end match and scored the opening goal nine minutes into the game  through Sweden-based striker Tabitha Chawinga but the Zambians equalised five minutes later.


The SheFlames continued to make shots on and off target. DD Sunshine's Eluby Bottoman pushed for the lead but her shots were parried away by the Zambian keeper. 


It was the Shepolopolo who inched ahead with goals in the 36 and 37th minute to take a 3-1 lead to the break.


Malawi pulled one back through another Chawinga strike 11 minutes into the second half. But there was to be an immediate reply from the Zambians.


Malawi’s goaltender injured herself as she made a double save to deny Zambia a fifth goal just after the 60th minute. Still the goal came in the 77th minute.


The SheFlames fought on, trying to save face, when Chawinga scored a hat-trick in the 86th minutes.


But the Shepolopolo were not done yet, they unleashed their final shot in the sixth minute of added time to wrap-up the game 6-3.


Malawi’s next match will be against Madagascar who are making a debut appearance at the event on Friday.  


The SheFlames will wrap up their group stage campaign with a match against hosts and defending champions Zimbabwe.


Twelve teams who have been grouped into three are participating in the tournament.


The Zambians then pulled ahead with goals in the 36 and 37th minute.

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