Blue Eagles marksman Mphatso Phillimon has vowed to grab the golden boot award in his TNM Super League debut season.
The forward has taken the league by storm in his debut top-flight season after being signed from Central Region Football League outfit Msundwe United at the beginning of the season.
He is the current joint top goalscorer with Silver Strikers hitman Mathews Sibale after the Bankers striker netted his 10th goal during one-all draw with Dwangwa United at Chitowe ground last Sunday.
In an interview on Monday, Phillimon said he was not fazed by the competition in the golden boot race.
“I don’t expect the race to be easy. There are a lot of strikers that are capable of fighting for this award. Nonetheless, I think, I can manage to beat them off. I continue to work on my finishing because I believe I have potential to be better,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sibale has said he anticipates a tough fight for the accolade.
He said: “It feels good to be among the frontrunners. It will be a tough contest but I am just keeping my feet on the ground so that I continue this scoring run and, more importantly, help my team to sustain Super League title chase.”
The battle for the Golden Boot has intensified with Azam Tigers’ forward Luke Chima, with eight goals, closely following the two leaders.
Dwangwa United hitman Jack Chiona, is joint third having netted his seventh goal during a tussle with Silver Strikers.
Chiona is tied with Moyale Barracks’ Kuda Muyaba, Fletcher Bandawe, Raphael Phiri both for Civil Sporting Club and Misheck Botomani.
There is no Bullets or Wanderers striker in the top-five of the top goal scorers.
The Golden Boot award, which former Mafco striker Richard Mbulu won last season, goes with K250 000 prize.