FAM clears Malawian female footballer to play in Sweden

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) on Friday put a seal of approval on the transfer of DD Sunshine women football club striker Tabitha Chawinga to Swedish Division One side Krokom/Dvarsatt IF.

FAM transfer matching system manager Casper Jangale confirmed on Friday issuing an international transfer certificate (ITC) for the free-scoring forward who has been undergoing trials in Sweden since April 2 2014.

In becoming Malawi’s first ever women football export to Europe, Chawinga completed the professional contract upon turning 18 on May 21, DD Sunshine director David Dube confirmed on Friday.

Tabitha Chawinga

Tabitha Chawinga

“Yes, Tabitha has been cleared. Not to tie her down, we have opted for a one-year-renewable contract,” Dube said, but insisted that the transfer fee was yet to be agreed.

“Conclusively, we have not sealed the talks. This is because she has still to finish her education [she left while in Form Three]. This is surely one of the safe-catches in our talks. Once concluded, we shall come back to you.”

It is expected that the national women football team striker will open doors for other strikers in Europe with Dube urging “all female players in Malawi to take football seriously. Discipline, education and self-control are vital for one to succeed.”

Dvasatts ladies team manager Torsten Olofsson and head of ladies section Anders Funseth wrote to Dube in March, saying they were excited to invite Chawinga.

And last Thursday, so keen on Chawinga was the Swedish side, Funseth wrote Dube again praying that the ITC be issued timely before last Friday’s league game.

“We have the season’s most important game tomorrow night against Östersund so we must solve Tabitha transition tomorrow. I will call the Swedish Football Association tomorrow at 9am. Tabitha and we will be so disappointed if she cannot play tomorrow. She has promised me to do at least two goals,” Funseth wrote in a letter The Nation has seen.

Krokom/Dvarsatt campaigns in the 12-team Northern section of Division One, the second tier of Swedish women’s soccer.

The top team from thesection [including the South] earns promotion to the first-tier league.

Located some 350 miles north of the Swedish capital Stockholm, Krokom/Dvarsatt is named for two neighboring towns with a combined population of about 3 000.

Women football in Sweden has imports from countries such as Nigeria, America, Germany and Brazil.

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