Womens Senior National Team (The Scorchers)

The Malawi National Women’s football team made its international debut during the 2002 Cosafa Women Championship in Zimbabwe where the team had little success where they were eliminated in the group stages.

In 2003 the team made its African Women Championship debut but lost in the first round of the 2004 qualifiers losing 9-0 on aggregate.

The team then took a break from international scene and went into development only to bounce back in the 2006 for the Cosafa Women Championship in Lusaka Zambia.

They lost 3-0 to South Africa and Angola and beat Lesotho by the same margin.

The team failed to participate in the 2008 Cosafa in Angola as the3 National Women Football Committee opted to use the available funds for the FAM Cup as a result of lack of sponsorship for tournaments.

The team then made a comeback in 2011 and participated in the Cosafa Cup in Zimbabwe where they beat Lesotho 5-2, lost to Zimbabwe 8-2 and drew 1-1 with Mozambique in the group stages and qualify for the semifinals for the first time.

They lost 5-1 to South Africa in the semifinals and 3-1 to Tanzania in the match for third place.

In 2012 the team made a second appearance in the CAF African Women Championship Qualifiers losing 9-4 on aggregate.

After a long break the team bounced back in action in 2015 playing a friendly match against Tanzania on 11th November 2015 losing 2-0.

The team then participated in three conservative COSAFA Women’s Championship between 2017 and 2019 but on all occasions bowed out in the group stages.

In 2019 the team made its Olympics Qualifiers debut and beat Mozambique 13-1 in the first round before losing 5-2 to Kenya in the Second Round.

In December 2019 they were officially nicknamed the Scorchers.

In 2021 the Scorchers reached the final of the COSAFA Women’s Championship for the first time following their maiden win over South Africa in the semifinal of the competition held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa between September 18- October 9.

However, the team failed to lay hands on its first COSAFA gold medal after losing 1-0 to Tanzania in the final on Saturday October 9.

2023 COSAFA Women’s Win

After eight attempts the Malawi Women’s National football finally got it right in 2023r when  they won their first COSAFA Women’s Championship after beating Zambia in the 2023 final in South Africa.

The Lovemore Fazili  coaches won the cup in style winning all the five matches in  open play.

They set the ball rolling by beating hosts and record seven-time champions South Africa’s Banyana Banyana 3-4, before thumping e-Swatini 8-0. They wrapped up their Group A assignments with a 3-1 win over Madagascar. In the semi-finals, Malawi came from behind to beat Mozambique 2-1 in the final before seeing of rivals Zamba in 2-1 in the final.

In individual awards, Temwa bagged the Player of the Tournament and Golden Boot awards after scoring nine goals.

Fast Facts

NicknameThe Scorchers
AssociationFootball Association of Malawi
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Head CoachLovemore Fazili
CaptainTabitha Chawinga
Home StadiumKamuzu Stadium
FIFA Ranking156
Highest FIFA Ranking92 (December 2009)
Lowest FIFA148 (September 2015)
First InternationalZambia 8 Malawi 0 (Harare, Zimbabwe, 20 April 2002)
Biggest WinsMalawi 17 Seychelles 0 (Blantyre 28th September 2023), Malawi 17 Seychelles 0 (Blantyre 25th September 2023), Malawi 13–0 Comoros (Port Elizabeth, South Africa 5 August 2019
Biggest DefeatZambia 8 Malawi 0 (Harare, Zimbabwe, 20 April 2002)


2002 Preliminary Round

2006 Preliminary Round

2008 Did not participate

2011 Fourth Place

2013 – 2015 Did not participate

2017 – 2019 Group Stages

2020 Semifinalist

2021 Runners up

2022 Group Stages

2023 Winners

African Women Championship

2003 Did not qualify

2004 – 2010 Did not enter

2012 Did not qualify

2014 – 2016 Did not enter

2018 Did not qualify

2022 Did not qualify

2024 Did not enter


2022 Did not qualify

2024 Did not enter