Striker Hassan Kajoke was on the prowl on Wednesday scoring eight goals as Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves thrashed Nsanama FC 19-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
His contribution has not only helped Bullets Reserves move two places up to second position in the 22-team Chitetezo Mbaula Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) Premier League but also made the 20-year-old a leading scorer with 35 goals, five ahead of second top scorer Fatsani Chilikumtima of Nyasa United and nine in front of third-best Emmanuel Lino of Hangover FC.
With the latest thumping victory, Bullets Reserves have tied with Hangover on 82 points and Cobbe Barracks but they are second due to a superior goal difference of 75, which is 18 better than third-placed Hangover and 25 better than fourth-positioned Cobbe.
Ntopwa FC are still at the summit of the table with 86 points from 38 games. However, Bullets Reserves have the advantage to overtake the leaders as they have played two games less. Hangover and Cobbe have played 38 and 39 games, respectively.
On Wednesday, Sheriff Maida and Alex Tsamba achieved a hat-trick each for Bullets Reserves but it was Kajoke’s name that reverberated around the stadium.
“It is my dream to win the golden boot award and I am happy that I am on the right track to achieving the feat,” he said.
In spite of that, as the title battle gets hotter in the Chitetezo Mbaula League, the 19-0 score-line sparked debate with some arguing the incredible margin was a match-fixing plug, considering that Bullets Reserves beat Nsanama 2-0 in the first round.
But Bullets Reserves coach Enos Chatama and SRFA chairperson Raphael Humba ruled out the allegations, saying Nsanama, who are 18th on the log-table with 34 points from 39 games, have been one of the weakest teams in the league.
“Before our latest meeting, Nsanama also lost 2-12 and 1-9 to [fellow strugglers] Nyasa United and Eshan Wizards, respectively, in the first round. That shows it is one of the weakest teams and we capitalised on that,” he said.
Humba had this to say: “The latest result is a true reflection of the gulf in strength and class between Bullets Reserves and Nsanama. Reserves have been contributing about seven players to the national teams and four to their senior team in the last three TNM Super League games.
“Even in national competitions, they only lost on post-match penalties against top-flight league teams.