Women football export Tabitha Chawinga on Wednesday scored a hat-trick to help Jiangsu Sunning beat Dalian Aerbin 4-0 and win the first-leg of the Chinese Women’s Super Cup.
The result means Sunning are just a step into the ultimate glory as they host Dalian in the final leg on November 3.
The development comes barely a week after the national team captain struck a brace as Sunning secured a 2-0 victory over Changchun in the semi-finals.
“I thank God for continuing to bless me with goals in China. I am hopeful that He will do the same in the final leg next Wednesday,” she said.
The prolific striker is also working hard to help Sunning win the Chinese Women’s Super League as she is the league’s current top-scorer with 14 goals in 12 matches.
Meanwhile, her club is second on the log-table with 27 points from 12 games, four points behind leaders Dalian Aerbin, who have 31 points from the same number of games.
This is Chawinga’s debut season in the Chinese Premier League. Last season she won the Golden Boot Award in the Swedish League despite her team, Kvarnsvedens IK, being relegated to the second-tier league.
Her young sister, Temwa, is also making headlines with Kvarnsvedens IK in the Swedish second-tier league where she is the league’s second leading scorer with 20 goals from 24 matches, a goal behind leading scorer Sandra Lagerbratt of Linkoping FC.
National Women Football Association (NWFA) chairperson Severia Chalira yesterday said they are proud that the Chawinga sisters are putting Malawi women football on the map.
“These sisters are exceptional talent that Malawi women football ever produced. We are happy with their achievements and we encourage them to continue,” she said.