Malawi Women’s National Football Team captain Tabitha Chawinga and her sister Temwa made impressive starts to the season when they provided three goals to Wuhan FC on Saturday.
Temwa started the season with a brace as Wuhan thrashed Sichuan 4-0 in the 2021 Chinese Women’s Super League opener in Kumming.
Her elder sister, Tabitha, made a scoring debut for Wuhan when she opened the floodgates in the ninth minute.
According to www.goal.com, Temwa doubled the lead with her first goal for the champions nine minutes later before the hosts grabbed a third of the match against Sichuan at the brink of half time.
Temwa scored her second goal of the match after the break in the 67th minute to ensure a superb start to their title defence.
The two sisters teamed up for the first time at club level since 2017 when they played for Kvarnsvedens.
However, Tabitha is hoping for a good season with Wuhan.
“It feels great to score in the first match. But the most important thing is that we collected full points,” said the Scorchers captain.
Last season, Tabitha scored seven goals, 11 goals behind golden boot award winner Barbra Banda from Zambia.
Temwa was also excited with her performance in the first game.
“We stayed for a long time without football but we have started on a high,” she said.
The youngster helped Sunning to win the Chinese Women’s Super League, having scored nine goals. She was the club’s top goal-scorer and league’s second top goal-scorer.
Wuhan are second on the log table with three points and they will meet Shandong in their second game of the season.
Scorchers coach McNerbert Kazuwa hailed the two players for their exploits.