Malawi’s only women football overseas exports Tabitha Chawinga and Chisomo Kadzisonga are making headway at their respective clubs in Sweden and Austria.
Chawinga scored a brace last weekend when her team Kvansvedens IK drew 2-2 with Djurgarden to take her tally to four goals in seven matches in the Damallsvenskan Premier League, where she is sixth on the leading scorers’ list.
The striker, who is targeting 25 goals this season, is now five goals behind the leading scorer Pernille Mosegaard Harder and two goals behind second best scorer Emma Stina Blackstenius. Both play for Linkoping.
Kvansvedens IK are currently eighth on the log-table in the top-flight league and are winless, having drawn four games and lost three matches. Rosengard are at the summit of the table with 19 points from seven games as well, the same as second-placed Linkoping, who are inferior on goal difference.
Chawinga, who won the top-scorers award with 43 goals when her team earned promotion last season, said: “Level of competition is higher and tougher in the top-flight league but I am trying my best to win the golden boot. With God all things are possible.”
On the other hand, Kazisonga has so far scored eight goals in 19 appearances in the Austrian Frauenliga, and has earned praises from her coach Jonas Bjorkegren at SV Neulengbach FC.
“It is good to have her in the team. We get an option when we want to attack because she is fast. She offers an offensive game and it is always interesting to see how she goes forward. She is a player every team would love to have,” he said.
The Malawi national team captain, who is pursuing a sports science degree at Vienna University aside from playing football, said she is progressing well in her soccer career although the Austrian league has proved to be tougher than the Malawian league.
With a game to wind up their league fixtures this Sunday, SV Neulengbach FC are third on the log standings with 46 points. ASK Erlaa FC are league leaders with 52 points. n