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Tabitha Chawinga relaxed over new deal

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Malawi Women’s National Football Team Captain Tabitha Chawinga has said she is not losing her sleep over her club’s delay to open contract extension discussions.

Chawinga’s contract with Chinese outfit Jiangsu Sunning is expected to expire at the end of this year, having joined the team from Swedish side Kvarnsvedens IK in 2018.

“We still have time before the year ends; so, the discussions can start anytime. At the moment I am committed to Jiangsu Sunning and I am looking forward to the start of the season,” she said.

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Chawinga said she was also open to moves to top European leagues.

“I love playing for Jiangsu Sunning but if opportunities emerge then I will be willing to go to top European clubs to try my luck,” she said.

In her debut season, Tabitha netted 17 goals in the Chinese Women’s Super League.

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Tabitha moved to China after spending three years in Sweden, where she won two Golden Boot awards.

In December last year, Chawinga said she was not concerned about her recent drop on the list of the world’s top 100 women footballers.

The China-based striker dropped from position 95 last year to 100 this year, on the list which The Guardian Newspaper released.

Tabitha, who is in the country for off season break, said one day she would break into the top 50 in the world.

“I am proud that I am still part of the top 100 women footballers in the world. It is not easy to be ranked among the best women footballers in the world. For players in Europe, it is easy for them to be ranked in the top 50. I can make it if I work hard,” she said.

According to The Guardian, the Malawian striker deserves to be in the top 100 due to her impressive form for club and country.

“The Malawi international has taken the Chinese Women’s Super League by storm and was once again one of the top goal scorers this year, scoring seven for Sunning, helping them into the championship play-offs where they suffered defeat to rivals Wuhan,” reported The Guardian.

“For Malawi, Chawinga was once again the star of the show, scoring seven in the recent Cosafa Championship as Malawi reached the semi-finals before defeat to South Africa. Her six-goal haul against Lesotho marked her down as the one of the top Africa goal scorers.”

The former DD Sunshine striker made it to the list alongside reigning African women footballer of the year Nigerian Asisat Oshoala of Spanish giants Barcelona.

The Nigerian is ranked 33 in the world.

According to The Guardian, 93 judges from 44 countries took part in the voting process. The judges were led by US women’s national team coach Vlatiko Andonovski and legends including Sun Wen, Lotta Schelin, Aya Miyama and Anja Mittag.

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