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Tabitha Chawinga leads China Golden Boot race

BY WILLIAMS GONDWA:

Malawi women’s national football team star, Tabitha Chawinga, is now the leading goalscorer in the Chinese Women’s Football League with nine goals from six games.

Chawinga, who signed a two-year deal with Jaingsu Sunning after parting ways with Swedish League side, Kvarnsverden, earlier this year, confirmed the development Tuesday, saying she hopes to enhance her chances of winning the Confederation of African Football Award which she missed last year.

“I am very excited that I have settled in China. I know that my success could ignite the interest of Chinese teams in more Malawian players. It is my wish to be the top goalscorer here. I will work hard to realise this dream,” Tabitha said.

However, Sunning remain on fourth position with 11 points from six matches in the eight-member league.

National Women’s Football Association president, Severia Chalira, has since commended Chawinga for putting Malawi women’s football on the world map.

Chalira said Tabitha’s sister, Temwa, was also among the leading scorers, with 16 goals in 12 games, in Sweden where she plays for Kvarnsveden IK.

She said she hopes that the Chawinga sisters could contribute to the national team’s success at the forthcoming Cosafa Championship.

“We are very happy with the performance of Tabitha and Temwa. Many people have been looking down upon women’s football but the performance of these players proves that Malawi has talent,” Chalira said.

Tuesday, Tabitha also scored a hat trick in a cup game in China.

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