Rejuvenated Red Lions forward Innocent Bokosi is hopeful of winning 2017 TNM Super League golden boot after claiming a hat-trick when his team thrashed Blantyre United 4-1 at Zomba Community Centre Ground on Sunday.
The prolific striker, who was joint top scorer alongside ChiukepoMsowoya in the 2015 season, said although it might be early to express his hopes, the general scarcity of goals when the league kicked off last weekend has given him courage.
At least 11 goals, including five in Lions versus United match, were scored in nine league games last weekend.
“Considering the struggles my fellow strikers went through last weekend, I can foresee the trend continuing and I might take advantage of this to advance my golden boot campaign,” Bokosi said.
The league has started with three of the four draw games ending goalless and four other matches concluding with 1-0 scoreline. It was only the Lions versus United match that produced the most goals.
Be Forward Wanderers beat defending champions Kamuzu Barracks 1-0 while Moyale FC, Mafco FC and Dwangwa United did the same to Nyasa Big Bullets, Civil Sporting Club and Masters Security FC, respectively. Azam Tigers and Silver Strikers settled for one-all draw. Matches that ended goalless involved Blue Eagles and Mzuni FC, PremierBet Wizards versus Silver and Chitipa United against Bullets. Dwangwa’s Patrick Macheso was the first to score a goal this season.
Nevertheless, soccer analyst Charles Nyirenda said yesterday that despite the league’s slow start in terms of goals, things might tremendously improve in the next fixtures and competition for the golden boot might be stiff.
“Of course, the league has started slowly, but things will improve as we go forward. A single weekend’s results cannot tell the whole story,” he said.