Tabitha shines in Swedish football debut

  • Inspires her new Swedish club to first win
  • Coach lauds her as ‘shooting queen’

 

Malawian striker Tabitha Chawinga has earned Kvarnsveden coach Jonas Björkegren’s kudos after she helped the Swedish women second division (Elittan) team to a first win on Sunday.

Chawinga (in green)
Chawinga (in green)

Björkegren was amazed after watching the Malawian international net a double in her debut for Kvarnsveden, beating Lidköping 4-0 at 2 500-capacity Ljungbergsplanen Stadium.

“She is good to have in the team. We get an option if we want to attack because she is so fast. She offers an offensive game and it will be interesting to see how we use it going forward. She is a player probably every team wants,” Björkegren told a Swedish website Elite Ettan on Wednesday.

The third-placed Kvarnsveden opened the season with a goalless draw against Drew on April 12 when the ex-DD Sunshine forward was held up by visa delays.

The coach acknowledged the impact of Chawinga who he signed from third tier league’s Krokom / Dvärsätt last season when she was top-scorer with 39 in 18 games.

During Sunday’s match, Europe football website kr.soccerway.com further reports that after Chawinga had put Kvarnsveden ahead on 20 minutes, Lovisa Lennartsson added the second before the half hour mark.

Lisa Lundin made it three goals after the break, before the Malawian forward rounded off the scoring with a late scorcher.

Now, Chawinga hopes Kvarnsveden can win the championship as they have four points from two games; two points behind leaders Djurgården and second-positioned Hovås Billdal.

However, the going is bleak for Lidköping who are searching for their first win in two games.

“For me it is always about scoring. I want to be the shooting queen. I made 39 goals last year. Now I am playing one division up and it is naturally more difficult. If I have 30 goals this year, I will be very happy,” she is quoted as saying.

She is Malawi’s first female football export to Europe and is a leading Malawi national team striker.

 

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