When the Chinese Women’s Super League resumes this weekend it will feature Malawian sisters Tabitha and Temwa Chawinga.
This season will be the first time the sisters have played against each other competitively having appeared together for the national team, Malawian club DD Sunshine and Swedish side Kvarnsveden.
Temwa, 21, will be playing for Wuhan FC and hoping to follow in her big sister’s footsteps after Tabitha was recently voted the league’s Player of the Year for a second year in a row.
Tabitha, 24, earned the award after emerging the league’ top scorer and helping her club Jiangsu Suning become not only champions for the first time in 10 years but also added two other domestic titles to complete a treble.
“She’s a very good player, and the thing is everyone will be working hard to make her team and fans happy,” Tabitha told BBC Sport Africa.
Temwa admits there will be some sibling rivalry: “Both of us will our best to see who the best player is.”
“Back home the family are very happy about us. My parents never thought their children would one day play football outside of the country, but now it’s happening.”
But she is also thankful to Tabitha for her help in getting her career started.
“My sister has been instrumental in my career progression.” Temwa told BBC Sport Africa. (BBC)