Malawi women’s national football team Captain, Tabitha Chawinga, has been named the deadliest striker in the China Women’s Super League by online football publication, The Offside Rule.
In it’s analysis of the 2019 season, The Offside Rule places Tabitha on position 95 out of the top 100 players with 58 points.
The publication states that Tabitha just knows where the net is and retained her hold on the Golden Boot Award in the China Women’s Super League, once more proving herself to be the deadliest striker in the country.
“Recently she helped her side to the Super Cup in a win over Dalian Quanjian and her form throughout 2019 has led to her being nominated for Africa’s Women’s Player of the Year for the first time.
“At 23, the electric striker still has plenty of years left in her and recently scored the first goal of the new AFC Women’s Club Championship, taking her tally for 2019 to over 30 goals, and you feel there’s still plenty to come,” reads a report on the publication’s website, offsiderulepodcast.com.
But the rating is the Malawian’s worst as she was 71st in 2018 and 29th in the previous year. Her debut appearance on the publications ratings was in 2016 when she was placed on position 90.
Former She-Flames coach, Abel Mkandawire, said Tabitha is disadvantaged because of Malawi’s absence at top international competitions.
“Tabitha has done everything at club level but what she lacks is appearing at big international competitions. Most players do better than her because they play at the Women’s World Cup and the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations where she has never been to,” Mkandawire said.
Tabitha has also made it on Confederation of African Football’s nomination list of the best footballers on two occasions but missed out on the final shortlist.
United States’ Chicago Red Stars striker Sam Kerr of Australia was named the best with 3,145 points, followed by English right back Lucy Bronze of French side Lyon who amassed 3,127.
Top Nigerian goalpoacher Asisat Oshoala has been placed on position 55.
In determining results of its analyses, The Offside Rule collaborates with the Guardian which also publishes the players’ list across its website and newspaper.
A panel of 93 judges from 44 countries, led by the new US women’s national Head Coach, Vlatko Andonovski, and legends such as Sun Wen, Lotta Schelin, Aya Miyama and Anja Mittag casts its votes for the top players.
They are backed up by a selection of coaches, journalists and broadcasters, as well as others including current Reign FC and Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock and Arsenal’s FA Women Super League-winning manager Joe Montemurro.
The former internationals have thousands of international caps between them while the managers have won titles in England, USA and even a Fifa World Cup.
The judges are drawn from around the world with Africa providing eight, Asia 14, Europe 44, North and Central America 14 and South America 12.
The Offside Rule is an all-female-fronted football podcast and website with an active and engaging social media presence.
Born out of frustration at the lack of representation of women in the industry, The Offside Rule has been going since 2012 with the aim of creating one space for football, regardless of gender.