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Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves stars for award

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The fight for the Southern Region Football Association Thumbs Up Premier Division golden boot award has been narrowed down to a Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves affair, with Emmanuel Savieli and Chikumbutso Salima vying for ultimate glory.

Ahead of the final match against Bangwe All Stars at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre Saturday, Savieli leads the goal scorers’ chart with 23 goals in 18 matches, with Salima coming second, having netted 19 times in 19 appearances.

Savieli boasts an impressive 30 goals in 31 matches in all competitions for Bullets Reserve while Salima is not far off at 27 goals from 34 appearances.

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This firmly puts the two in a race for the top scorer’s award at both club and league level as the season draws to a close.

Going into Saturday’s match, Salima has the task of closing the gap with the frontrunner who is poised to run away with the prize.

However, Savieli said he is not getting carried away with the prospects of winning the golden boot accolade.

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“I cannot say I have already won the Golden Boot. After all, that is not my focus. My focus is to see the team doing well. Of course, winning the golden boot award is a special individual achievement but I must win with the team first.

“It is after the whistle on Saturday that we will see who is going to take the award. It could be me or my friend Chiku [Salima] can score five or six goals and take the golden boot. All I am looking forward to is helping my team win the title,” he told Bullets’ website.

Salima said his focus was not winning the award but helping Bullets Reserve retain the championship.

“In football, anything can happen. But I am not putting my eyes on the golden boot award. I just want to help the team finish the season on a high note on Saturday.

“Obviously, I am expected to score more goals as an attacker. Although I had to deal with injuries at times, I have scored 27 goals so far in this season and I think it is okay. That is football,” the online publication quoted him as saying.

Also with a chance to add to his tally is Bangwe’s Mervin Mandebvu, who is tied with Dave Major of Changalume Barracks at 16 goals and on third position.

Winner of the award will pocket K50,000 from sponsor Rab Processors.

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