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Tabitha Chawinga closing in on Golden Boot accolade after netting brace

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Malawi National Football Team Captain Tabitha Chawinga has increased her chances of winning the Chinese Women’s Super League Golden Boot award after netting a brace in Wuhan Jaingda’s 6-0 thrashing of her former team Jiang Sunning on Wednesday.

Tabitha could lift the accolade for the second consecutive season as she tops the goal scorers’ chart with eight goals from eight games.

Tabitha opened the floodgates before Zhang Linyan scored a hat–trick, with Ma Jun scoring the sixth goal for the hosts.

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The former DD Sunshine star described the victory as important.

“I am very excited. I thank God for everything,” she said.

Following the win, Wuhan maintained their 100 percent record this season.

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They lead the 10-member log table with 24 points from eight matches, five points above Sunning, who have played the same number of matches.

Sports analyst and former Malawi National Football Team star Sherry Msuku heaped praise on Tabitha.

“She is a good example to fellow women footballers across the country. Tabitha is someone who always plays with a purpose. She has set her bar very high,” Msuku said.

Tabitha’s younger sister Temwa featured in the backline as the majority of the team’s defenders are out injured.

The sisters helped the club successfully defend the league title last season, having scored 15 goals between them.

Tabitha won last season’s Golden Boot award with nine goals, two better than Temwa, who finished as the runner-up.

In four seasons in China, Tabitha has won the Golden Boot award thrice and could lift it for the fourth time.

She has also won two league titles with Sunning and one with Wuhan.

In addition, Tabitha won the Player-of-the-Season award twice in 2018 and 2019 while playing for Sunning.

She joined her sister Temwa at Wuhan, having spent three seasons at Sunning from Sweden.

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