D1 Arkema: Paris’ Tabitha Chawinga named best player of the season

For her first year in the championship of France, the Malawian striker won the trophy of best player of the season on Monday. She finished ahead of her PSG teammate, Grace Geyoro, and OL’s American midfielder, Lindsey Horan.

For her debut, she left her mark on the D1 Arkema. PSG striker Tabitha Chawinga was named the best player of the season on Monday (April 29th) at the French women’s football awards ceremony. Nominated along with midfielders Grace Geyoro (PSG) and Lindsey Horan (OL), the Malawian succeeds Kadidiatou Diani.

A logical reward as it was decisive for the team led by Jocelyn Prêcheur, with its speed qualities and an unparalleled finish. On loan from Chinese club Wuhan (China) last summer, after a first season on loan at Inter Milan where she also won the Serie A MVP award, the 27-year-old is currently top scorer (18 goals in 19 games) and top passer in D1 Arkema (10 assists).

“I think everyone wants to play for PSG, especially in Africa. Especially in Malawi where our national team is not very good,” explained the serial goalscorer on the stage of the Pavillon Dauphine in Paris, after thanking her teammates, her coach and the staff of the capital club for her award.

“It’s deserved when you see what she brings offensively to the team, in terms of goals but also in terms of taking up space. It’s her first season but it looks like she’s been with us for a long time. She’s a ray of sunshine, she’s happy to be here and it shows. You have to keep it at all costs,” said Grace Geyoro of the mixed zone winner. “I’d like to stay in Paris, it’s my home. The executives are talking to my agent. At the end of the season, I think I’ll stay at PSG,” Chawinga replied.

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Throughout the 2023-2024 fiscal year, his association with France’s Marie-Antoinette Katoto proved particularly explosive. Despite the elimination in the semi-finals of the Champions League against OL – during which she scored in the return – Tabitha Chawinga can hope to lift the Coupe de France with PSG on Saturday in the final against Fleury, but also the championship at the end of the playoffs on May 17.

Sonia Bompastor Best Female Coach

Among the other trophies awarded, Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC) won the best goalkeeper in D1, while Sonia Bompastor (OL) was voted for the second time in a row in the category of best coach. Attacking midfielder Inès Benyahia (on loan from OL to Le Havre) was voted revelation of the season in the top flight, after helping the Normans stay in the top flight.

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