The Golden Boot Award dog-fight has started in earnest with five notorious strikers setting the pace in the TNM Super League.
The season has seen an emergence of new blood such as Luke Chima of Azam Tigers and Vincent Nyangulu from Masters Security FC, who lead the race with six goals each from some 14 and 15 games, respectively.
The newcomers are joined on the leading pack by Raphael Phiri, Matthews Sibale, Jiddy Mbandambanda and Khuda Muyaba of Civil Sporting Club, Silver Strikers, Blantyre United and Moyale Barracks, respectively.
Breathing on the five leading forwards’ necks are Joseph Kachule, Innocent Tanganyika, Fletcher Bandawe (from Civil), Innocent Bokosi (Red Lions), and Premier Bet Wizards’ Misheck Botomani.
Bokosi yesterday said he was optimistic of matching his achievement of 2015 season when he was the joint top leading scorer with Chiukepo Msowoya of Nyasa Big Bullets after registering 15 goals each. There is a cash prize of K100,000 for a top league scorer.
“Last season, I struggled as I scored just five, but this season, the battle is on. I am confident in scoring more goals. Of course, the games are so unpredictable you cannot set yourself a target of goals,” said the player, who earned his national team debut at the Cosafa Castle Cup in South Africa, where the Flames failed to score in three games.
With 19 goals, Richard Mbulu was the league’s top scorer last season while starring for Mafco. He now plays for Costa do Sol in Mozambique where he is being starved of game-time.
For all the strikers, getting past the 18-goal mark is a challenge. Decades ago, the likes of Ganizani Malunga, Heston Munthali and Bob Mpinganjira could score close to 30 league goals in a season.
In southern Africa, there is a similar trend with top scorers in countries such as Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe hardly reaching 20 league goals, largely due to poaching and poor development structures.
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