Tabitha Chawinga - Professional player & Ascent Ambassador
"I'm proud to support Ascent Girls, sharing my experience of playing football in Europe and China to help and inspire girls from across Malawi to become great players and role models of the future."
Back in 2013, Ascent founder, George Maguire spotted a very talented young female player playing in Lilongwe. At 17, Tabitha Chawinga had scored an incredible 9 goals in 5 games for the Malawi Women’s national team.
George was so impressed with her play and potential that he followed her then team, DD Sunshine FC, for over a month creating a video profiling her attributes and abilities. He then hosted this video online and interest from this video led to her earning a move to professional side Kvarnsvedens IK in Sweden.
Having grown up in a rural northern district of Malawi, Rumphi, Tabitha's rise to professional stardom in Sweden is nothing short of remarkable. Following making a culturally challenging move to Sweden, Tabitha has gone from strength to strength in Europe. She scored an incredible 111 goals in 75 games since moving to Europe, scoring 26 goals in a side that got relegated last season. It's hard to imagine a better scoring record in any European league; a goal every 60 minutes (Wikipedia). Phenomenal.
In November 2017, Tabitha was awarded the Swedish Forward of the Year Award and was nominated for CAF Female Footballer of Year, 2017.
A target of clubs all over the world, Tabitha has moved to China joining Jiangsu Suning on a lucrative contract though she retains ambitions to return to Europe in the future.
Tabitha represents a great success story but hers is far from the norm. Female football in Malawi is chronically under resourced and coaching levels are low. But the raw talent is here, something Tabitha is consistently proving in Europe and beyond.
Click here to find out how Ascent is identifying female players to emulate Tabitha's success in representing Malawi and South East Africa on and off the football pitch.