Tabitha Chawinga: Malawi striker retains Chinese Women's Super League top-scorer award

The 21-year-old has edged her rivals in the scoring chart to keep her gong in her second season in the Chinese top-flight

Jiangsu Suning striker Tabitha Chawinga has retained the Chinese Women's Super League top-scorer prize for the 2019 season.

The 21-year-old forward had joined the Chinese outfit from Sweden side Kvarnsveden in January 2018 after finishing as the 2017 Swedish Damallsvenskan top-scorer, netting 25 goals.

In her debut season in China, the Malawi international was a huge bargain as she scored 17 goals to help Jiangsu finish as runners-up behind the then Asisat Oshoala's Dalian Quanjian in 2018.

This term, she scored 12 goals in 14 games - four ahead of closest challengers and teammate Tang Jiali to retain the award as she led Jiangsu to their first league crown since 2009, and their third title in history.

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Before the start of the season, Chawinga had earlier netted 23 times in 12 outings to help Jiangsu to a double, claiming the Chinese Women's FA Cup and Chinese Women's Football Championship titles.

The feat saw her emerge as the most lethal African striker in China ahead of Nigeria's Francisca Ordega [seven], Chinwendu Ihezuo [seven] and South Africa's Thembi Kgatlana [six].

Having won a treble and three top scorer awards this season in China, the Jiangsu star will aim to give reigning African Women's Footballer of the Year Kgatlana a run for the 2019 accolade.