Tabitha Chawinga eyes top goal scorer, Champions League medal honours
Scorchers captain Tabitha Chawinga, who leads the Italian women’s football league with 14 goals with just a game to finish the season’s first round, says she wants to win the Champions League and also win the top goal scorer award in the Italian league.
Tabitha goes into the final match of the first round against Fiorentina next week with a two-goal cushion over close rival, Juventus forward Cristina Gireli, who has 12 goals following a 3-0 win over Fiorentina on Saturday.
Tabitha has a chance to win the golden boot award to become the first African player to win it in Italy.
However, she has a tall order to achieve the feat since there are six more matches to wind up the league.
The Scorchers’ forward said she was aiming at winning the award as well as winning the Champions League with Inter Milan.
“I am working extremely hard to win this award just like the wish of any other player. It would be nice if I also win a Champions League gold medal.
“The competition is hard and tight but God has always been on my side. I am optimistic of winning it,” she said.
Meanwhile, former Malawi National Football Team forward, who is also DD Sunshine Women’s Football team head coach, Andrew Chikhosi, has backed Tabitha to win the top goal scorer’s award.
“When we follow her performance since arriving at Inter, Chawinga has been a very important player for the team, leading on the goal scorers’ chart and also leading with five assists. Her closest contender has 12 goals and two assists only,” he said.
The Malawian has a final game against Fiorentina next week before playing in the top five final round.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.