Tabitha Chawinga joining Asisat Oshoala in China ahead of the 2018 season meant two of Africa’s most lethal attackers would suit up in the same league.
The move lived to expectations, with the two going toe-to-toe all season long in the League and Cup titles as well as the golden boot race.
Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala fired holders Dalian to the Chinese Women’s Super League title.
The reigning African Women’s Player of the Year scored 10 league goals, three shy of her 2017 tally, to finish as Dalian’s topscorer and the league’s joint second topscorer.
Her hopes of bagging a second successive Chinese double were dashed, albeit till the FA Cup final though, as the Malawian picked the Championship Cup title.
Chawinga, playing her debut season in China, fired Jiangsu to the League Cup title.
She was on target in the 3-0 win over Oshoala’s Dalian in the Cup final to finish as the Cup’s topscorer on nine goals.
The Malawian repeated the feat in the league, scoring 17 times to clinch the league’s golden boot.
Her goals haul lifted Jiangsu to a second place finish on 31 points, four shy of champions Dalian, bettering their third-place finish (on 24 points) last season.
This makes it the fifth straight season that Chawinga has finished as either topscorer or among the topscorers abroad.
Chawinga was topscorer in her debut season abroad while playing for Swedish third-tier side Krokom/Dvarsatts in 2014.
She then joined Swedish second-tier side Kvarnsveden in 2015, finishing as the league’s topscorer to fire Kvarnsveden to the topflight Swedish league.
In 2016, Chawinga was the Swedish topflight league’s third topscorer despite playing for the newly-promoted Kvarnsveden.
In 2017, she netted 24 goals, 10 more than the second topscorer, to clinch the Swedish topflight league’s golden boot while still playing for the lowly-ranked Kvarnsveden.
It’s while receiving the Forward of the Year award in the 2017 Swedish Football Awards that she confirmed her move to China.
CWSL 2018 topscorers
- Tabitha Chawinga (Jiangsu) – 17
- Asisat Oshoala (Dalian) – 10
- Bianca (Wuhan) – 10
- Giovanna (Changchun) – 8
- Sole Jaimes (Dalian) – 8
- Ren Guixin (Changchun) – 8
CWSL 2018 top four
Champion: Dalian – 35 points
2. Jiangsu – 31 points
3. Changchun – 28 points
4. Wuhan – 21 points