Red Lions striker Royal Bokosi has capped off a wonderful 2019 season in the ThumbsUp Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) League Premier Division after winning the golden boot by a 10-goal margin.
He has taken his tally to 44 goals from 38 appearances to win the top scorer’s accolade ahead of Sable Farming’s Humphrey Chimwaza, who has finished on 34 and Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve forward Lanjesi Nkhoma with 28.
On Sunday, Bokosi was on target along with his elder brother Innocent, who returned from peace-keeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a few weeks ago, as Lions beat Sable Farming 2-1 in their last fixture at Mpira Stadium in Chiwembe Township, Blantyre. Louis Thom scored Sable’s consolation goal.
Meanwhile, Lions, who won the ThumbsUp title and TNM Super League promotion with two games to spare, have completed their fixtures in the 20-team second-tier league on 100 points from 38 games, 13 points ahead of runners-up Bullets Reserve and 14 in front of third-placed Sable.
“I am happy that after helping my team win the title and earn promotion back to the Super League, I have won the golden boot by a big margin. This is undoubtedly the most memorable achievement so far,” Bokosi said.
In Division One, Polytechnic are the champions following their 2-0 victory over former Super League outfit Max Bullets on Sunday.
SRFA vice-general secretary Kingsley Simbeye yesterday said the victory means Polytechnic have completed their fixtures on top of the 19-team table with 74 points from 36 matches, a point better than second-placed Max and three points ahead of third-placed Immigration.
“These top three sides have been promoted to the Premier Division to replace relegated Steffords, The Boyz and Nsanama,” he said.
Rab Processors marketing manager Anthony Kafuwa, whose company sponsors the league through ThumbsUp carbonated soft drink brand, said they are impressed with how the first season of their three-year sponsorship, has been run.