Malawi women’s national football team Sweden-based striker, Tabitha Chawinga, is set to join Chinese Club, Jiangsu Suning, from Kvarnsveden IK.
Sweden sports websi t e , www.JWsports1.com, reported that Chawinga would join the Chinese Women’s Super League (CWSL) team following Kvarnsveden’s relegation from the Scandinavian country’s top-flight league.
“Chawinga has already signed a contract with Jiangsu. The top-flight Chinese side, whose recent big signings include Norwegian veteran Isabell Herlovsen, finished third in the just-ended 2017 CWSL season,” JWSports1.com indicates.
Last week, the former DD Sunshine striker was also nominated for the Best Forward and Most Valuable Player awards in the Sweden league.
Chawinga finished as the league’s top goal scorer with 24 goals, 10 goals more than second top scorer Ella Masar.
The website added that several European clubs were interested in signing Chawinga, but she opted for China.
“With the expiration date of her contract at Kvarnsveden fast approaching, the club extended her contract till November 2018. The new contract had a release clause, though, which allowed Chawinga to leave in case Kvarnsveden got relegated,” the website adds.
Kvarnsveden Chairperson, Olle Davidsson, confirmed to the website to have received bids from numerous clubs but refused to comment on the transfer.
Chawinga’s sister, Temwa is still with the Swedish team after signing a two-year contract last month.
National Women Football Association Chairperson, Severia Chalira, described Chawinga’s move as a great achievement.
“This is good for her, especially now that her team has been relegated. A player of her calibre does not deserve to play in the lower leagues. She needs to grow and I support her move to China,” she said.
The women’s side of French giants, PSG, were also reportedly interested in Chawinga.