Flames’ striker Gabadinho Mhango’s dreams of winning the golden boot award are under threat as the four-goal gap lead he held South Africa’s Premier Soccer League is now down to two.
The strikers breathing down Mhango’s neck are Peter Shalulile of Highlands Park, Kaizer Chiefs’ Samir Nurkovic, Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows) and AmaZulu’s Bongi Ntuli.
After scoring his 12th goal over the weekend, Shalulile is the closest to Mhango who has 14 goals while Nurkovic, Grobler, Mutizwa and Ntuli are tied on 11 goals each.
Mutizwa told tickoff.com that Mhango has a big advantage in the race because he plays for Orlando Pirates, a more creative team that his contenders.
The Zimbabwean said Mhango just has to stay inside the box and finish what his teammates are creating for him, while at other clubs strikers have to work extra hard to get a goal.
“I’m trying, I’m trying my best. I’m trying to get it. There is competition. You know we are trying everything, but you know I’m struggling to get a hat-trick. If I can get it one day, I think I’m going to catch up with Mhango.
“But hey he’s in form and he’s scoring and he’s playing for Pirates, and so it’s tough but [laughs]. Ja you know that’s a problem… if you are playing for Pirates, yoh! Pirates they create chances every minute. Us, we must grind for chances, we must grind to score goals,” he said.
Some of Mhango’s goals have come from spot kicks but Mutizwa declined to state whether he would emulate the former Big Bullets star by taking everything including penalties, emphasizing on team goals instead.
The Malawian has a chance to extend his goal tally in a tie against his Golden Arrows on Saturday.