Malawi’s own Lionel Messi, Tabitha Chawinga, has reacted to her PSG women’s football team’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
The Malawi women’s football team skipper is carving out a reputation as the ‘new’ Lionel Messi for PSG’s Femines.
Why is Chawinga likened to Messi?
It is all down to Chawinga’s small stature and cultured left-foot. All these attributes make her Messi’s version of women’s football.
Chawinga scored for PSG Femines in the one-all draw with hosts Manchester United on October 10 2023.
How did the former DD Sunshine skipper react?
The UEFA Women’s Champions League second round qualifying match against United took place at Leigh Sports Village in England.
The Messi of Malawi sneaked through to meet a long ball and it slot it past United keeper.
The former DD Sunshine FC skipper has since reacted to her goal.
“First #UWCL match, first goal though it wasn’t enough to get us a win. Hopefully we will at home,” Chawinga wrote on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/100063708901658/videos/1379924649609225.
“Your daughter was so excited to start a journey in this race.
How many goals has Chawinga scored for PSG?
It was her second back-to-back goal since debuting for PSG weeks ago.
She joined PSG from Wuhan FC in the Chinese Women’s Super League.
How the Malawian made history
Chawinga has now made history. She is the first Malawian footballer ever to score in the UEFA Champions League.
She was also the first African footballer to win the Golden Boot in the Feminine Serie A in Italy.
How was Chawinga a success at Inter Milan?
The former CAF award nominee scored 23 goals while on loan at Inter Milan last season.
She eventually returned to Wuhan before securing the next loan spell at PSG.
The Malawi women’s football team skipper made a name at DD Sunshine in Malawi.
She then moved to Swedish outfit Krokom/Dvärsätts IF in 2014.
She eventually joined another Swedish club, Kvarnsvedens IK, a year later. She scored 43 goals in the 2015-2016 campaign.
Eventually, the 26-year-old clinched a dream move to Chinese Super League giants Jiangsu Suning in 2018.
The Malawian proved to be a big hit at Suning.
She won the Chinese Women’s Super League’s Player of the Year award in 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Chawinga returned to Europe last season, this time around for a loan spell with Inter Milan.