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Chawinga sisters team held again

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Andrew Chikhosi

Malawi Women’s National Football Team strikers Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga failed to register their names on the scoresheet Tuesday as Wuhan Jiangda drew 0–0 against Jiang Sunning.

The Chawinga sisters have been in form for the defending champions in this campaign but were kept at bay for the first time this season.

This is Wuhan’s second consecutive draw in the Chinese Womens Super League play-offs after a 3–3 draw on Saturday in which Tabitha hammered a brace.

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Following the two draws, Wuhan’s chances of defending the league hang by the thread as they must win the remaining one match to qualify for the finals.

However, Tabitha said no need to press the panic button.

“We are still in it and our fate will be known in the last match,” she said.

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Wuhan started the play-offs with a 4–1 victory over Shanghai Shengli as Tabitha was on target and provided one assist.

Meanwhile, Tabitha is leading the scoring chart with nine goals, three ahead of her sister Temwa, who has been playing as an improvised defender due to injuries that have rocked the team.

Tabitha’s form this season shows that the former DD Sunshine striker is on a serious mission. Last year, Zambian striker Barbara Banda won the Golden Boot Award with 18 goals from 13 matches, nine above Temwa, who finished second.

However, Temwa helped Wuhan win their first ever league title in 19 years.

DD Sunshine Coach Andrew Chikhosi was excited with the performance of the two players.

Both Tabitha and Temwa work hard,” Chikhosi said. Since moving to the Chinese Super League four seasons ago, Tabitha has been a talk of the league, having won the Player of the Season award twice in three years.

In her debut, Tabitha won the Golden Boot Award with 17 goals, beating Nigerian striker Asisat Oshoala by seven goals.

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