TNM Super League top scorer Vincent Chinthenga has gone eight consecutive games without scoring, but none has caught up with the Bvumbwe Research man on his 11 goals from 19 matches.
In what explains the poor quality of domestic strikers, of the 342 goals scored this season, Chinthenga has only contributed the 11. And there is little hope of the 18-goal mark, which has not been surpassed in the past five seasons, changing.
Bvumbwe coach Bob Mpinganjira defended Chinthenga on Thursday.
â€œHe is just going through a usual bad patch and it depends on the individual to overcome this. However, his all-round performance and contribution to the team remains good,â€ said Mpinganjira.
Chinthenga is being pursued by Mafcoâ€™s Osward Nkagula on nine goals, then eight registered by Silver Strikersâ€™ Rodrick Gonani and Boniface Kaulesi from Red Lions. Brown Mizeye (Blantyre United), Charles Ngosi (Blue Eagles) and Diverson Chilemba (Mighty Wanderers) have each scored seven.
On the team front, Red Lions clung to the summit on 35 pointsâ€”one point ahead of second-placed Silver Strikers and Big Bullets placed third on similar number of points after edging Kamuzu Barracks 3-0 on Sunday.
Silver, with 39 goals, are the highest scoring team and Bvumbwe are the highest conceding, having let in 36 goals.
Silver have not drawn at home while Moyale Barracks are yet to draw away. The Lions have collected more points away from home (19 points) whereas Silver have collected more points at home (24 points). Kabwafu have not won any game away.
Full Sundayâ€™s results: Mighty Wanderers 1 (Joseph Kamwendo) Bvumbwe Research 0, Azam Tigers 0 Mafco F C 2 (Saidi Mtekama, Gift Soko), Kamuzu Barracks 0 Big Bullets 3 (Divason Mlozi (2) Chimango Kaira).