REVEALED: Tabitha Chawinga record-breaking transfer fee paid by Jiangsu Suning

Tabitha Chawinga stunning transfer fee to Chinese club revealed Africa Women's Football
Tabitha Chawinga stunning transfer fee to Chinese club revealed

Swedish Club Kvarnsveden received what is being termed the biggest transfer fee in Swedish women’s football for Tabitha Chawinga…

Tabitha Chawinga has turned out to be the most financially-rewarding investment for Swedish outfit Kvarnsveden.

It has now been revealed that the club received more than SEK 1,5 M (roughly €150K) from Chinese side Jiangsu Sunning for the Malawian.

“For women’s football, this very good money,” said Kvarnsveden’s chairmperson Olle Davidsson in an interview with Dalarnas Tidning.

“This is the largest amount we have heard in Sweden, so question is: has anyone received more?” added Davidsson.

The other big transfer in Sweden in recent times was Marta’s from Rosengård’s in 2017.

The Swedish giants earned about SEK 2M in transfer fees for the five-time World Player of the Year.

However, the fee was not for a single player, as is Chawinga’s case, but for Marta and several others, including Amanda Ilestedt and reigning World Player of the Year Lieke Martens.

Stunning 2017

Jiangsu Sunning was part of a string of clubs reported to have been after Chawinga’s signature after a breathtaking 2017.

The Malawi international finished the year as the Swedish topflight league’s topscorer with 26 goals.

This was a whopping 11 goals more than the second topscorer, despite playing for a lowly, recently-promoted side Kvarnsveden.

For her toils, she was nominated for both the Best Player and Best forward in the 2017 Swedish football awards.

She bagged the latter and went on to be nominated in the 2017 Africa Women’s Footballer of the Year.

China move

The former DD Sunshine player had an year left in her contract at Kvarnsveden after renewing it in early 2016.

But Jiangsu Suning were ready to break the bank to secure her services at the start of this year.

Chawinga joins the Dalian duo of Asisat Oshoala and Enganamouit Gaelle in the Chinese Women’s Super League.

Nigerian veteran Onome Ebi will also suit up in the league in 2018 after recently joining newly-promoted Henan Huishang.

Back in Sweden, Tabitha Chawinga’s younger sister Temwa Chawinga will be looking to follow in her footsteps.

The younger Chawinga has been signed up by none other than her older sister’s former club Kvarnsveden.

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