Malawi women’s national football team strikers Temwa and Tabitha Chawinga continue to hog the limelight in China where their sharpness in front of goal helped their respective teams to register big wins with five unanswered goals.
Temwa netted a brace as she inspired her side Wuhan Jianghan to a 5-0 victory over Hebei Ticai in the Chinese Women’s League on Wednesday.
This was Temwa’s second competitive match for Wuhan since moving to China in January from Sweden where she played for Kvarnsvedens.
According to goal.com, Temwa made her debut as a second-half substitute in Wuhan’s 2-1 win over Henan Jianye last Sunday.
This time, the 21-year-old striker was handed a starting role following her impactful display against Henan when she earned a penalty to ensure her side secure a winning start to the season.
Wang Shanshan opened the scoring for Wuhan to continue from where she left off in the opener after just nine minutes against Henan, who were smarting from a 3-2 defeat to Jiangsu Suning.
Moments later, Wang Shuang brilliantly raced into the area before sending in a fine pass to Chawinga for the Malawian to lash in her first goal of the season and double the lead for Wuhan.
Rampant Wuhan did not take their feet off the pedal as Shuang again teed up Chawinga who eventually bagged her second goal of the match and the fourth for the visitors.
Having already bagged two assists in the game, Shuang once again continued her assist role as she provided her third assist of the match for Xiao Yuy to wrap up the victory for the visitors.
The result saw Wuhan retain third spot on the log with six points from two games and they will hope to maintain the run against Tabitha’s Jiangsu Suning in their next fixture on Saturday.
Goal.com also reported that Tabitha continued her impressive start to the season in Jiangsu Suning’s 5-0 triumph over Henan Jianye in a Chinese Women’s Super League encounter in Kunming.
Jiangsu went into the contest on the back of a narrow 3-2 win over Hebei China Fortune on Sunday, while Henan bowed narrowly 2-1 to Wuhan Jiangda in the opening match of the day.
In the last meeting in September, they played out a 1-1 draw after Tang Jiali cancelled Onome Ebi’s opener in the final league match.
With the absence of Nigeria duo Ebi and Chiwendu Ihezuo, the champions made a bright start to the contest when Chawinga assisted Wu Chengshu to open the scoring after just nine minutes.
With the slim lead, Jiangsu could not find a breakthrough past Henan until the pacy Malawi international raced off from the passing area to double the lead in the 78th minute.
Chengshu bagged her second of the match moments later before she hit her treble from the spot in the 88th minute and Gong Li struck seconds from time to wrap up the victory.
Chawinga, who played for the duration, has now scored two goals in two matches this season for Jiangsu in her third season in China.
The absence of Ebi and Ihezuo due to travel restrictions is proving costly for Henan as the latest defeat places them in 10th with no point, no goal from two matches, conceding nine in the process.
The win means Jiangsu moved to second on the log with six points from two games and the next league fixture will pitch Tabitha against her sister for the first time on August 29.
Temwa said she was excited to score for her team.
“I thank God for everything. I am settling down well here in China and my team mates have been very supportive. If all goes well, I expect to score more goals for the club,” she said.
Temwa joined Wuhan after spending two years in the Swedish League where she scored 35 goals to win the golden boot award last season.
Tabitha is in her third season in China having joined from Kvarnsvedens. For the past two years, she has dominated the Chinese women’s league having won the Chinese Women’s Footballer of the Year award.