A dog fight has emerged in the TNM Super League’s Golden Boot Award pursuit as Rodrick Gonani has joined Vincent Chinthenga and Ishmael Thindwa on 14 goals.
Gonani’s hat-trick in Silver Strikers’ 5-0 win against Blantyre United catapulted him to the top scorer’s chart with three games remaining just like Epac FC’s Thindwa who is fighting to retain the award.
Chinthenga of relegated Bvumbwe Research has one game to wind up the season.
“It all goes down to hard work. I struggled for the better part of the season as I was busy with studies. I see myself scoring in the remaining games,” said Thindwa who netted 17 goals last season.
On the other hand, Gonani has been a consistent scorer for the last eight seasons, but has never won the award.
“I have always been in the top three [of the scorers], but the ultimate award eludes me. Again, this season there is no guarantee. It depends on how the other two strikers will perform,” said Gonani.
Epac general secretary Roy Mdechi declared that the golden boot winner would be Thindwa or Gonani as Chinthenga’s confidence could be low due to Bvumbwe’s relegation.
Chinthenga could not be reached for comment.
There is also a trio on the second top scorers’ slot with Blantyre United’s Sparrow Msowoya, Brown Mizeyi and Mafco’s Osward Mkangula on 12 goals each followed by Boniface Kaulesi (Red Lions) 11 goals, then Gabadinho Mhango (Big Bullets) with 10 goals.
Fifteen games remain to wind up the season. So far 528 goals have been scored in the league. On the league championship, the Super League of Malawi said mathematically, only second-placed Big Bullets (52 points) and leaders Silver Strikers (54 points) are in the title race. Blantyre are third on 48 points.