Our WCW this week is Tabitha Chawinga, a Malawi’s football star currently playing for Swedish side, Kvarnsveden. She emerged the best forward at the Swedish Football awards on Monday.
Tabitha first came to the limelight for her incredible performance after she scored nine goals for the Malawi Women’s national team when she was just 18 years old. She was playing for the DD Sunshine FC.
Born in Rumphi, Malawi, Tabitha started playing football at five years old and played with boys until she turned 13, when she joined DD Sunshine.
At 18, Tabitha became the first women’s footballer to play for a European club. She joined Krokom/Dvärsätts IF of Swedish third division. She scored 39 goals in 18 games, earning the league’s golden boot.
She moved to Kvarnsvedens IK, in the second highest division of Swedish women’s football, Elitettan. She led the team in defeating Linköpings FC and in finishing first in the league, and she was the top scorer with 43 goals.
In 2017, she scored her 24th goal of the season in Kvarnsveden’s 3-1 defeat to second-placed Rosengard. However, her team did not earn enough points to stay in the main league and had to be relegated.
— Kvarnsvedens IK Dam (@Kvarnsveden_Dam) October 14, 2017
Chawinga took the relegation news in stride, stating to Nyasa Times, “It’s really painful to get relegated after playing in the league for a short period. I know it’s one of those things that happens in football but it’s difficult to understand considering that we had a very good squad and experienced technical panel. We have accepted the outcome because we tried our level best but it’s just that the competition was very competitive”.
She believes her team will bounce back in 2019 as it has all the resources needed to win the games.
Despite the loss, she was named the Swedish Women Footballer best forward o 2007 at the Swedish Football Awards Gala. She defeated reigning Fifa Women’s World Player of the Year Lieke Martens and Montpellier’s Stinna Blackstenius.
“I just thank God for being with me all through the season. I dedicate the award to my teammates for the support they gave me,” Tabitha told Goal.