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Khuda Muyaba snatches 80th minute equaliser to save Polokwane City

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Jimmy Zakazaka

Malawian striker Khuda Muyaba snatched an 80th minute equaliser to save Polokwane City from the jaws of defeat in a Glad Africa Championship match played at Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday.

Khuda’s goal helped Polokwane to a collect a point in a 1-1 stalemate with Uthongathi.

This was Muyaba’s third goal in seven games for Polokwane this season after the former Silver Strikers forward struggled in his debut season last year when the team was in the DStv Premiership.

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Uthongati scored in the fifth minute of the match but Muyaba rose to the occasion by netting the goal that saved Polokwane’s day, with 10 minutes to full time

In a telephone interview from the Rainbow Nation Thursday, Muyaba said his target was to score 20 goals in the second-tier.

“I want to score 20 goals and I am confident that I will manage. Of course, competition is very tough but I am playing regularly for Polokwane and that gives me a chance to fulfil my goals,” he said.

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Despite collecting the point, Polokwane remain stuck on position 12 with 15 points.

A fortnight ago, Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase said he would call Muyaba for next month’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against South Sudan and Uganda.

Khuda’s compatriot Denis Chembezi did not feature for Polokwane on Wednesday as he is nursing an injury.

The Flames defender has been enjoying game time since joining the Limpopo-based outfit last year and is expected to return to training next week.

Football Players Association of Malawi Chairperson Jimmy Zakazaka commended Khuda for proving that he is a useful player to Polokwane.

“Khuda’s scoring form will help to bring competition among Flames strikers ahead of Afcon matches. Khuda has a fighting spirit. It is good that he has finally settled down in South Africa.

“You can be assured that he is now back to doing what he knows best, and that is scoring goals. I am sure his inclusion in our Afcon team will add great value,” Zakazaka said.

It is yet to be seen if Muyaba will live up to his word as he did when he promised to score more than 20 goals in the 2019 TNM Super League.

The controversial striker eventually managed to score 21 goals and win the Golden Boot award after a slow start.

This made him the first player to achieve that feat since Aggrey Kanyenda scored 25 goals in the elite league’s 2005 season.

Muyaba might force his way into Mwase’s squad ahead of the crucial matches against South Sudan and Uganda.

Mwase is currently in a fix as his top strikers Gabadinho Mhango and Richard Mbulu are struggling with injuries in South Africa.

Football analyst George Kaudza-Masina said Muyaba deserves a second chance in national colours.

“Whether we like it or not, Khuda must be called up. He may not have done well in terms of discipline but we should forgive him and focus on his strengths,” Kaudza-Masina said.

Polokwane remain 13th on the Glad Africa Championship table with 15 points from 13 matches, nine points behind leaders Richards Bay, who have played 14 matches.

Besides Muyaba and defender Dennis Chembezi, Polokwane also have dribbling wizard Mike Mkwate who signed a two-and-half-year deal last week.

But the midfielder will wait a little bit longer to make his debut after missing transfer deadline registration.

Other Malawians in action on Wednesday night in South Africa were Gerald Phiri Junior, Chawanangwa Kaonga and Limbikani Mzava.

Kaonga failed to rescue his side TS Sporting, who lost 1-0 to Free State Stars. The result leaves Sporting on position 11 with 16 points from 14 matches.

Mzava was part of the AmaZulu team that edged giants Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Malawian was brought on in the 59th minute of the DStv Premiership match, replacing Samkelo Mgwazela, who picked an injury.

It was a remarkable result for AmaZulu as they moved to position six with 25 points.

Mzava failed to feature in the Flames’ match against Burkina Faso in November last year after testing positive for Coronavirus.

Phiri Junior was on the losing side as his Baroka went down 2-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria.

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