Chawinga nominated for the 2023 COSAFA ‘Women’s Player of the Year’ award

By Chisomo Phiri

The Malawi Women’s National Football Team captain, Tabitha Chawinga, has been nominated for the COSAFA Awards in the ‘Women’s Player of the Year’ category.

The Scorchers forward, who is currently playing for French Division 1 Féminine club Paris Saint-Germain, has been nominated alongside Zambia Women’s National Football Team duo of Barbra Banda and Rachael Kundananji.

The winner will be announced at a Gala Awards ceremony to be held in Durban on April 19,2024 with a panel of judges from across the region having assessed their achievements for the period of January 1 to December 31, 2023.

Currently, Chawinga is the top goalscorer in the French Division 1 Feminine league having scored 17 goals followed by Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg of Lyon and Onema Grace Geyoro of PSG, who have scored 12 and 11 goals respectively.

In 2023, the Malawan female footballer signed a year-long loan deal with Italian side Inter Milan and was named the top scorer in Serie A with 23 goals, becoming the first African woman to be the highest-scoring player in that league.