Tabitha Chawinga intensifies Golden Boot chase
High flying Scorchers captain Tabitha Chawinga increased her chances of winning the Serie A Feminine Golden Boot award when she scored for Inter Milan Women in a 3-1 loss to Juventus Ladies on Saturday.
The Malawian has taken her tally to 17 goals in the Italian Women’s League this season.
She is five goals above her close challenger Cristian Gireli of Juventus, who was not on the score sheet on Saturday.
Tabitha scored with three minutes to full time after Linda Birgitta Sembrant and Sara Gunnarsdottir scored for Juventus.
But Barbara Bonansea sealed the win for Juventus.
Tabitha said she was disappointed that the team lost.
“It is not the result we wanted. We will keep on fighting. We focus on the next match,” she said.
The Malawian has been in fine form for Inter Women, having been involved in 23 goals for Inter Women this season.
With seven matches to go, Tabitha has a chance to hit the 20-goal mark, having scored in almost every match.
Scorchers coach Lovemore Fazili heaped praise on the striker.
“She is putting Malawi on the international map. As a nation, we should be proud of her achievements,” he said.
Tabitha is set to write her own piece of history as she wants to become the first African women player to win the Golden Boot award in Italy.
The forward has a reputation of winning golden boot awards in her debut seasons in all countries she has played.
She won the golden boot in Sweden with 35 goals while playing for second-tier side Krokom Dvarsatts IF before winning it again in China with Jiang Sunning when she scored 17 goals.
Currently, Inter Women are third on the log table with 35 points from 19 matches, 16 points behind leaders Roma.