By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Prolific women’s football striker Sabina Thom might not return to Swedish club Kvarnsvedens IK after the expiry of her one-year contract.
Sabina joined the club in 2017 from Lilongwe’s DD Sunshine after scoring 38 goals for her club in the Fam Cup.
But details have emerged that only Temwa Chawinga has had her contract renewed for another year at the European club.
DD Sunshine Coach, Andrew Chikhosi, confirmed that Temwa would be going back to Sweden next month to join the team for pre-season preparations.
However, Chikhosi said Sabina still has chances of returning to Sweden after impressive performances in her debut season.
“Discussions are underway. Tabitha Chawinga [China-based Malawian star striker] is trying her best to help her compatriot so that she secures a new deal. There are also chances that one or two players might go to Sweden before the start of the season,” he said.
Sabina was not readily available for her comment Monday but National Women’s Football Association Chairperson, Severia Chalira, said the development would be a big setback.
“I met Sabina during the Presidential Cup national finals in Lilongwe and she told me that she was still waiting for communication from Sweden. I do not really know what happened in the first year but she is a good player. It will be bad news for us if she does not go back to Sweden,” Chalira said.
Sabina remains a reliable player for the Malawi women’s national football team alongside Temwa and Tabitha.
The three players were missed during the 2018 Cosafa Women’s Championship as their club refused to release them.
This contributed to Malawi’s failure to qualify for the competition’s group stages as the team lacked firepower upfront.
Tabitha, who plays for Jiangsu Sunning, was the first Malawian female footballer to secure a move to Europe in 2016 when she joined Dvassatts/Krokom.
Sabina and Temwa followed her to take the country’s European legion to three.