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Temwa Chawinga extends deal with Chinese club

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Suzgo Ngwira

Malawi Women’s Football Team striker Temwa Chawinga has extended her contract with Chinese Women’s Super League champions Wuhan Jiangda by two years until the end of the 2023-24 season.

Temwa joined Wuhan from Swedish club Kvarnsvedens IK in 2020 on a two-year deal. The Scorchers forward, who is in the country for off-season break, signed the new deal towards the end of last month.

“I signed the new contract last week. It feels great to stay with the team and I enjoyed the two years in China. My target is to help the team win more trophies,” Temwa said Tuesday.

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Temwa, alongside her elder sister Tabitha, who is also in the country for a breather, were influential in Wuhan’s league title defence last season after scoring vital goals.

Tabitha eventually reclaimed the golden boot award after scoring nine goals whereas Temwa came second with seven goals alongside Changchun’s striker Rafaelle.

The Scorchers captain was proud of Temwa’s exploits in China.

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“It shows that the team trusts her. This is good news for Malawi and for her. The sky is the limit for her,” Tabitha said.

Both Tabitha and Temwa did not participate in the 2021 Cosafa Women’s Championship due to club commitments.

National Women’s Football Association Chairperson Suzgo Ngwira hailed Temwa for raising the bar.

“I like her altitude and she is a hard worker. We need more women football players in top leagues,” Ngwira said.

In her debut season in China, Temwa helped Wuhan win their first ever league title in 19 years after she scored nine goals.

She was the club’s top goal-scorer and the league’s second top goal-scorer with nine goals behind the then golden boot award winner Barbra Banda of Zambia.

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