Scorchers captain Tabitha Chawinga returned from injury with a bang when she scored for Inter Milan Women in a 2-2 draw against Parma in Italian Serie A Women on Monday.
The striker missed four consecutive matches for her Italian club due to injury.
However, after recovering, Tabitha came on as a second half substitute on Monday and only played during the last 10 minutes of the match.
She scored the equaliser in the 80th minute, just seconds after her introduction.
Melania Martinovic opened the scoring for Parma in the 32nd minute of the game before Marija Banusic scored the second goal for the hosts in the 59th minute.
However, Stefanie Van der Gragt inspired Inter Women’s comeback when she scored with 20 minutes to fulltime before Tabitha rescued a point for Inter Women.
This was Tabitha’s seventh goal of the season since she joined the Italian giants on a season-long loan deal from Chinese side Wuhan Jiandga.
In an interview from Italy, Tabitha said she was excited to score on her return.
“It is good to be back with a goal. I am happy that we got a point. This will boost my confidence,” Tabitha said.
Following the draw, Inter Women are third on the log table with 19 points from 10 matches, eight points behind leaders AS Roma.
Juventus are second with 21 points from 10 matches.
Malawi Women’s National Football Team Coach Lovemore Fazili heaped praise on the striker.
“She is always on top of her game. Her altitude is very good and she is a role model to the young players,” Fazili said.
Before the injury, Tabitha was named as player of the month for September in the Italian Serie player A Women after a solid performance.
Again, she was named as Africa best based in Europe.