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Tight race in golden boot chase

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Kalisto Pasuwa

The race for the 2022 TNM Super League golden boot award is getting hotter with Silver Strikers forward Chawanangwa Kaonga catching up with Babatunde Adepoju of Nyasa Big Bullets.

The two strikers are tied at the top with 12 goals apiece.

Both strikers were in action at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Sunday as their teams shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

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Kaonga went into the crunching match a goal behind Babatunde but the 46th minute equaliser he netted from the spot saw him draw level with the Nigerian, who was not on the scoresheet.

The two are closely followed by Moyale’s Raphael Phiri with 11 goals while Muhammad Sulumba of Mighty Mukuru Wanderers is also in the running with 10 goals.

Babatunde said he was grateful to his teammates for their support which has seen him making the list of golden boot award candidates.

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“I have teammates who are playing a big role in helping me score. I will continue to work hard so that I win this award,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa admitted that Silver were the better side on the day.

Pasuwa said his charges were lucky to escape with a point.

“Loss of concentration came to haunt us again mainly in our central area, where we have been rotating players as one way of managing them. Silver were the better side and we are lucky to have escaped with a point from a match in which we struggled,” he said.

Pasuwa also admitted that fatigue was taking its toll on his charges.

“I will also admit that fatigue played its role because we have had many games. That’s why I had several experienced players coming from the bench. We couldn’t do much in terms of how we played.

“We failed to keep possession and every time we had the ball, we ended up losing it. We couldn’t match our opponents in terms of intensity. We can’t be talking about pressure now because we have many matches left. What we need now is to concentrate and take each match as it comes,” he said.

Bullets’ next assignment is a top-of-the-table clash with second-placed Blue Eagles at Kamuzu Stadium.

The defending champions lead with 57 points from 23 games while Eagles have 49 points from the same number of matches.

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