Queen Tabitha keeps flourishing on foreign soil

Tabitha Chawinga plying his trade in China

By Duncan Kaonga

The Scorchers on field leader, Tabitha Chawinga continues to decorate her medal gallery as on Friday she swept all the four awards at her disposal in the annual Chinese Women’s Football Awards.

The flamboyant striker who plays for Jiangsu Suning in China, went home with the Player of the Year, Super league and Chinese golden boots awards and her prestigious maiden Outstanding Player Award.

The awards were for the 2019 season but were delayed due to the Corona virus pandemic.

In her acceptance speech, Chawinga said she is excited to win all the four awards and praised God and her teammates for the feat she has achieved.

“I thank God for being good to me, I dedicate all my triumph to him, I also appreciate my club management, teammates, fans and my family for their tireless support because without them I could not have achieved all this,” said Chawinga

The goal scoring machine added that she will not sit back and watch but up her game to reach greater heights in her already colourful career.

The winner: Chawinga holding a trothy

“I will keep on working hard on and off the pitch to reach where I want to be and not to lose the plot in my career,” she said.

Tabitha won the league title on her second asking after helping her team to a runner’s up position in her maiden season in the Asian country where her contract with Jiangsu Suning is expected to come to an end next year.

Recently, there have been offers coming from top leagues in Europe with France’s Lyon also chasing the signature of the deadly finisher.

Tabitha finished last season with 13 goals in the league which played a big role in her team’s championship triumph and hit the back of the net 9 times in the Chinese cup the same season.

The former DD Sunshine forward made it into the top five short list for the CAF African Women Footballer of the Year and was included in the among the top 100 women footballers in the world by The Guardian, a leading United Kingdom Publication.

 

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