Malawi National Women’s Football Team Captain Tabitha Chawinga wants to make her loan move to Inter Milan women’s team permanent.
Tabitha is at the Italian giants from Chinese side Wuhan Jianghan University FC and has proved to be an instant hit after scoring four goals in four matches.
The goals have helped Inter cruise to the top of Italy’s top women’s league with 10 points.
The former DD Sunshine star said she was hoping to remain at Inter Milan after the loan spell, which expires in July next year.
“Staying put in Italy is my goal. It has been my long cherished dream to play in a top European league and I do not want to let this chance go.
“When I first arrived in Milan, many people thought I was finished. But it was an agreement between myself and my team. All things being equal, I would love to remain and play here after the loan,” Tabitha said.
She said with the Asian Women’s Champions League scheduled for next year, her expectations are that Wuhan would ask her to return.
“I know my parent club in China would love me to be part of the big event but after the expiry of my contract, I will make personal arrangements to be here again. I want to start a new chapter here in Italy,” Tabitha said.
Meanwhile, Scorchers coach Lovemore Fazili has applauded Tabitha’s desire to keep playing i n Italy after her loan spell, saying the move is good for her career.
“In Italy, football is more advanced than in China. The level of competition in Europe is very high compared to China. Chances are very high that she is going to become a much better player in Italy than in China.
“So I personally back her on the idea of making her loan move permanent. Alternatively, she can secure a team in Italy after the expiry of her contract with the Chinese club,” Fazili said.
Tabitha and her younger sister Temwa inspired Wuhan to the Chinese Women’s Super League title with their top class performances.
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.