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Tabitha Chawinga relieved

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Malawi Women’s National Football Team Captain Tabitha Chawinga has spoken of her delight at finally joining her new teammates at Chinese club Wuhan FC ahead of the new season.

Tabitha, who moved to Wuhan on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Jiangsu Sunning, linked up with her teammates on Monday after completing a 35-day Covid quarantine period.

“It is a new feeling and I am eager to play for my new club. I have high hopes of having a good season and we will fight to defend the league title,” she said.

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While Tabitha completed the self-isolation period, her younger sister Temwa, who also plays for Wuhan, is still observing Covid guidelines as she arrived late in China due to air ticket hitches.

The sisters had a prolonged off-season break due to travel restrictions that were imposed in most countries as they fought to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Tabitha had a difficult year in 2020, scoring just seven goals for Sunning, who finished as runners-up to Wuhan.

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But Temwa helped her club to win their first-ever Chinese Women’s Super League title in 19 years with her nine goals.

The Malawian was the league’s second top goal-scorer behind Zambian Barbra Banda who netted 18 goals.

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