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Hat-trick for Tabitha Chawinga

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Malawi national women’s football team Captain, Tabitha Chawinga, scored a hat-trick as she inspired her Chinese team Jiangsu Suning to a 6-0 victory over Wuhan in a league match on Saturday.

Tabitha also provided two assists for the team during the game.

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The former DD Sunshine icon is set to retain the Golden Boot Award this season as she tops the scorers’ chart with 16 goals.

Tabitha said she was working hard to retain the top scorer award.

“I thank God that I am doing well. I want to help my team win more silverware as I target the Golden Boot Award,” Tabitha said in an interview from her base in China.

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Tabitha was part of the She-Flames squad which demolished Mozambique 14-1 on aggregate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers.

Malawi assistant Coach, Andrew Chikhosi, heaped praise on Tabitha, saying the She-Flames will greatly benefit from her top form.

“Tabitha is one of the best strikers in the world and I am not surprised with her achievement on the international stage. She still has more to offer in the game as she continues doing us proud,” Chikhosi said.

Tabitha finished as the top scorer in her debut season in China with 17 goals, seven above runner-up Asisat Oshoola of Nigeria.

She also won the Player of the Year award in the Asian nation after joining Suning from Krokom/Dvassatts and IK Kvarnsvedens in Sweden, where she played for three years.

She established herself as a top player in the European country after winning two golden boot awards.

For two consecutive years, Tabitha has been earning nominations for Confederations of African Football’s Woman Footballer of the Year awards but has never made it into the top three.

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