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Temwa Chawinga hopes for more success

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TEAMING UP AGAIN—Tabitha (left) and Temwa

Malawi Women’s National Football Team striker Temwa Chawinga is banking her hopes on another great season with her Chinese club Wu­han FC.

Chawinga returned to China Sunday after a pro-longed off-season break in the country due to Covid trav­el restrictions.

The forward is expected to form a great partnership with her elder sister Tabitha who joined Wuhan on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Jiangsu Sunning last week.

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Tabitha was the first to return to the global economic giant last week as Temwa waited for travel arrangements to be sorted out.

Temwa could not leave at the time as there were complications with her air tickets.

Speaking before departure at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe Sunday, Temwa said she anticipates a very exciting season.

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“Expectations are quite high this season. The coming in of Tabitha has excited everyone and we hope to have another good season,” the former DD Sunshine goal poacher said.

Temwa helped Wuhan to win their first ever Chinese Women’s Super League title in 19 years af­ter netting nine goals to emerge the team’s leading goal-scorer.

She also went on to become the league’s second best goal scorer behind Golden Boot Award-win­ner Barbra Banda of Zambia.

While in Sweden, Temwa managed to score 59 goals in 57 league matches, including 35 goals in 2019.

Tabitha was the first to move to China from Sweden, where she also made a name as a pro­lific goal-scorer. But, last season, Tabitha had a difficult campaign after scoring just seven goals for her former club.

Tabitha told www.goal.com that she was relishing a reunion with her younger sister.

“I am looking forward to team­ing up with my sister and new teammates,” she is quoted as saying.

Both Temwa and Tabitha partic­ipated in last year’s Cosafa Wom­en’s Championship and helped Malawi to reach the semifinals for the first time in nine years.

At the regional showpiece, Tabitha scored seven goals to fin­ish second, behind Golden Boot Award-winner Sibulele Holwe­ni of South Africa, with Temwa finding the back of the net thrice.

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