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Chawinga sisters hope for good 2022 season

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Malawi Women’s National Football Team players sisters Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga, are confident of having another good season in China.

The two sisters, who play for Wuhan Jiangda, arrived in China Tuesday after spending seven days in Ethiopia due to Covid safety protocols.

They are also expected to be in quarantine for 21 days in China before they join teammates for pre-season ahead of the start of the season next month.

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However, Tabitha said she was ready to help the club defend the Chinese Women’s Super League title.

“It is frustrating to spend about 14 days in quarantine but we will keep on training to keep fit. I hope it will also be a good season for us,” Tabitha said.

Tabitha reunited with her younger sister Temwa at Wuhan in January last year, after three years with Jiang Sunning, finished as the top goal-scorer with nine goals, having won the same award with 17 and 12 goals, in 2018 and 2019, respectively .

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On the part of Temwa, who signed a new two-year deal with Wuhan in January this year, she said she was also confident of doing well.

“During my first two years, I raised the bar higher. I know expectations are also high from the club and I am ready to repay the faith shown in me,” Temwa said.

Temwa finished as the league’s second top goal-scorer with seven goals, two behind her elder sister.

For a second year running, Temwa came second on the scorers chart after missing the award in her debut season to Zambian Barbra Banda, who netted 18 goals.

DD Sunshine Coach Andrew Chikhosi was optimistic that the two players would shine again.

“They are top players and they know what they want to achieve,” Chikhosi said.

Both Temwa missed the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Zambia in which the Scorchers lost 4-3 on aggregate.

Tabitha and Temwa also did not take part in the 2021 Cosafa Women’s Championship held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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