Big Bullets goalkeeper Vincent Gona has proved that he can as well feature as a striker.Â On Saturday, he scored a brace in Salama Bombersâ€™ 4-3 victory against Hard Knockers in the K1 million Justice Katika Bangwe Township Football Trophy at Mpingwe ground.
Gona, who was recently incorporated into Bulletsâ€™ camp after he impressed while featuring for Azam Tigers FC, said his two goals, including the winner, were not by fluke because he was a striker before he started playing for Super League teams.
â€œAs you know, it is not easy to win a striking position in the elite league. The best I could do to quickly earn a place was to vie for goalkeeping, which is my second-choice position. Otherwise, I am a complete striker,â€ said Gona on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Justice Katika Trophy organising secretary Charles Okay has quashed fears that inclusion of Super League players in the non-league soccer contest does not augur well with the purpose of the competition, which is to nurture raw talent.
He said, inclusion of such players will actually enhance that objective.
â€œIt will entice the youth to grow their ambition of playing in the Super League one day,â€ said Okay.
The likes of Tony Chitsulo, Jelesi Lufeyo and Limbikani Mzava have also been playing for non-league teams in various competitions in Bangwe Township during off-season.
Salama Bombersâ€™ win took them to the top of the ladder in Group A. They haveÂ four points from two games. In other encounters, Ntopwa Super Boys trounced Zambezi Mibawa 6-1 whereas Hatari FC beat Wisiki FC 2-0.
The tournament has four groups of nine teams each.