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Temwa Chawinga inspires Wuhan to League title

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Malawian women’s national football team striker Temwa Chawinga yet again outclassed her elder sister Tabitha after inspiring Wuhan to win the Chinese Women’s Super League Sunday.

Temwa put the icing on the cake when she opened the scoring as her side Wuhan thrashed Tabitha’s Jiang Sunning 4-0 to clinch the title for the first time.

She slammed the first goal in the 26th minute of the first half to make history with Wuhan as they ended 19-year wait to win the league

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It was a third meeting between the two sisters this season but once again the youngster was on the winning side.

“Wuhan launched a counter attack on Jaingsu and Zanaretto found Temwa with a cross from the right and the Malawian shot with a brilliant instep to hand them the lead. However, Jiangsu almost secured an equaliser when Tabitha raced into the opponent’s box and won a penalty but Ni Mengjie failed to connect from the spot in the 35th minute,” www.goal.com reported Sunday.

The other goals for Zhai Qingwei (own goal), Yueyun and Zanaretto.

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For Tabitha, the loss summed up a disappointing campaign this season as she also failed to defend the golden boot award for the first time in three years. Zambian Barbra Banda has finished as the top goal scorer in her debut season in the Chinese League with 18 goals followed by Temwa on nine goals from 13 matches. Temwa has also finished as Wuhan top goal scorer in her debut season.

In an interview yesterday from China, Temwa was excited with the victory.

“I thank God for making it possible this season for us. As players, we showed great character but it was a tough season,” she said.

It was an incredible season for Temwa as her side only lost a single match the entire campaign.

On their way to the final, Wuhan also clobbered Beijing BG Development 4-0 whereas Sunning qualified for the final after a 1-0 victory over Shanghai. Temwa moved to China having spent two seasons with Kvarnsverdens in Sweden.

On her part, Tabitha admitted that her side was second best this season.

“We did everything to win the league but it was not our day. But we will come stronger next season,” the Malawi women’s national football team captain said yesterday.

Tabitha had been dominating the Chinese Women’s Super League since she joined Sunning from Sweden. She won the Chinese Women’s Footballer of the Year and also finished as top goal scorer for two successive seasons.

Last year, Tabitha helped Sunning to win a treble for the first time in the club’s history.

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