Malawi coach Maggie Chombo Sadik has been ruled out of a 2020 Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup African qualifier in Zimbabwe on February 1 after breaking her leg while demonstrating how to play football.
Chombo Sadik was rushed to main referral Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where she was put on Plaster of Paris after breaking her ankle on Friday morning.
In a statement, Football Association of Malawi confirmed that Chombo Sadik’s deputy Kondwani Mwalweni will travel with the team to Zimbabwe for the preliminary round, second leg match.
“Chombo Sadik sustained a left ankle fracture as she was demonstrating to her players during training session on Friday morning.
“Chombo Sadik was treated at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and is now using crutches,” the statement said.
Despite the setback, Mwalweni said he was confident that the team would do well in Zimbabwe.
“It was unexpected that the head coach would get injured so it is sad because we were working as a team. Nonetheless, we will try to bring good results in Zimbabwe,” he said.
Chombo Sadik was in charge of Malawi when they drew 1-1 against Zimbabwe at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre last week.
The winner between Malawi and Zimbabwe will book a date with either Burundi or Ethiopia.
By Peter Kanjere
FARpost’s Malawi Correspondent