United Kingdom’s Guardian Newspaper has named Malawi National Women’s Football Team Captain Tabitha Chawinga as the 71st best Women Footballer in the World.
Chawinga aged 22, who plays her football in China for Jiangsu Suning as an attacker, has been ranked 71st in the world.
According to a statement from www.theguardian.com, Chawinga’s post-season move from Sweden to China has seen her dropping slightly on the ranks by 42 steps as she was ranked 29th in 2017 but her form has been good to keep her in the top 100.
“She comfortably leads the scoring chart at Jiangsu Suning and there are few players in the world who have such a keen eye for goal. If her progress continues, it will surely not be too long before one of the top European or American teams give the Malawian her chance,” reads the statement.
Meanwhile, the Malawi Women’s Football Committee Chairperson, Severia Chalira has said Chawinga’s performance is a milestone to her and the entire women’s football fraternity, adding that as a women’s football committee, they are happy to produce such an amazing player.
“She has put Malawi on the map and people in the world have begun to know where talent can be found. It means a lot, previously, girls were just playing for fun and this is a motivation to the rest of the players here. Tabitha has proved to them that the sky is the limit,” Chalira explained.
Chawinga, former DD Sunshine goal-poacher was on position 90 in 2016. Recently, she was nominated for the shortlist of Women’s African Player of the Year award by the Confederations of African Football whose ceremony is slated for January 8, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.
The Malawi’s Women’s Football Team Captain, who was the top goal scorer at the 2017 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Championship in Zimbabwe with nine goals in three games, also clinched the Golden Boot Award in the Chinese Top League with 17 goals.