I pray for Tabitha Chawinga


The exploits of Malawi’s women football star, Tabitha Chawinga, who has dominated the back pages of local dailies, cannot go without comment on this esteemed column which has endured the test of time.

No sane person would fault me for admiring the achievements of this iconic woman footballer who has put Malawi on the World map.

It would be malice to deliberately ignore the achievements of this daughter of ours who started her career humbly at DD Sunshine in Lilongwe but ended up at the acme of football in Europe.


It is not surprising that Tabitha has been nominated for Caf Women’s Player of the Year Award where she is competing with other great names from South Africa, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

Instead of wasting my precious time, space and ink writing about some women who are visionless and unproductive, I better channel all my efforts to this little genius who has taken the continent by storm.

Since the late Clifton Msiya, whose dazzling skills puzzled football greats during the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast in 1984, no Malawian footballer has ever been nominated for this prestigious award.


Tabitha, at a tender age, started humbly at DD Sunshine but has made it big in life because of perseverance and hardwork.

Unlike these other useless and talentless female athletes who have become so wayward in life that they have completely lost direction, Tabitha has remained focused on her game.

When I watched her timed runs and the knack for scoring goals and instilling fear in opposition defenders at the recent Cosafa Women’s Championship in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, I had the joy of watching our hero in the making.

Her distinguished services at her Swedish club provide a benchmark for greatness in our national colours and she deserves to command the respect of any patriotic Malawian unless you are a fool.

Tabitha will remain a shining example to these other hopeless female athletes who think life is about partying, wearing mini-skirts and chasing after other people’s husbands.

Tabitha, a special talent spoken in the same vein as netballer Mwawi Kumwenda and boxer Isaac Chilemba, will remain a shining example to these other hopeless women athletes who have perfected the art of writing a script of shame on their characters.

What more can I say to this little precious lady than to thank the Almighty Father for blessing her with immense talent, which has helped her move mountains across the globe.

I pray for her that she should get that priceless Caf Award to serve as a lesson to these women athletes who have become irrelevant.

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