After setting the stage a light for the better part of the season, Flames striker Khuda Muyaba is under intense pressure to win the 2022 Glad Africa Championship Golden Boot Award.
The Malawian striker has struggled to find the back of the net for two consecutive months.
Tiklas Thutlwa of Leopards and Shakile Hlongwa of Richards Bay have caught up with Muyaba, with just one game to wind up the season.
Muyaba has 13 goals alongside Thuklwa and Hlongwa.
In February this year, Muyaba looked set to win the accolade as he had a three-goal advantage over his challengers.
However, his lack of goals in recent matches has put him in a difficult situation heading into the last match of the season.
If all the three strikers will not score in the last game, they will share spoils. Muyaba, who set a 20-goal mark this season, was not available yesterday.
The former Silver Strikers and Moyale Barracks striker is expected to be part of The Flames for two Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against Ethiopia and Guinea next month.
Sports analyst Parly Chinyama said Muyaba should not give up.
“He is a natural goal scorer and he has proved it this season. Muyaba needs just more game time,’’ Chinyama said.
If he wins the golden boot award, Muyaba will become the second Malawian to win the accolade after Atusaye Nyondo in 2011 while playing for Carara Kicks.
With one game to go, Polokwane have also missed the chance to return to the DStv Premiership after poor results in recent matches.
Polokwane have 38 points from 29 matches, four points behind the promotion play-offs. Richards Bay have one foot into the top flight league as they lead with 53 points from 29 matches, two points above University of Pretoria.