Tabitha Chawinga stays put in China


By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

China-based striker Tabitha Chawinga has said she is not in a hurry to switch teams after reports indicated that she was on French giants Lyon’s radar.

Chawinga, who top-scored for Chinese Women’s Super League side, Jiangsu Sunning, said she has no plans of moving to France at the moment.


“I am happy playing for my team in China and, second, I respect my contract as I signed a two-year contract. I have learnt a lot of things in China and I will advance my career while playing there,” she said.

However, Chawinga could not rule out a move after the expiry of his deal in China.

Former Silver Strikers and Civil Sporting Club coach, Thom Mkolongo, said Chawinga has made a good decision to stay in China.


“She needs to stay in China for more years so that she advances her career. She is enjoying game-time in China, so if she moves to another team she will face a new challenge and might struggle,” he said.

Chawinga won the Golden Boot Award in her debut season in China after scoring 17 goals, seven goals above reigning African Footballer of the Year, Nigerian Asisat Oshoala of champions Dalian Quanjian.

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

The 22-year-old striker, born in Rumphi District, has also been shortlisted for the African Footballer of the Year Award, having missed it last year.

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