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Tabitha Chawinga opens scoring account

Malawi national women’s football team Captain, Tabitha Chawinga, scored a winner for her Chinese Women’s Super League side, Jiangu Sunning, as they claimed a 1-0 victory over Shanghai on Sunday.

It was a second match for the former Lilongwe’s DD Sunshine striker straight from an injury.

Chawinga was not readily available for a comment yesterday but she posted her exploits on her Facebook page.

“Last week, in the first game away to Wuhan in which we lost 2-1, courtesy of NI Mengile consolation goal, I only featured for 55 minutes but in the second game away to Shanghai, I scored the winner when I made a full debut,” she said.

Sunning are fourth on the log table with three points from two games. Dalian top the standings with six points, at par with Wuhan.

DD Sunshine Coac h , Andrew Chikhosi, said he was confident that the She-Flames player would take the Chinese League by storm this season.

“I last talked to her on Monday and she said she has adapted quickly to the Chinese environment,” Chikhosi said.

Chawinga moved to the Chinese League from Sweden where she finished as the top goal-scorer in three consecutive seasons in different divisions.

Last season, the 21-year-old striker, born in Rumphi District, won the Sweden Best Forward award, beating Fifa Player of the Year, Lieke Martens.

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