CUTHBERT Malajila leads the Zimbabwean contingent of footballers in South African Premiership vying for the Lesley Manyatela Golden Boot.
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With 12 games played, just under halfway through the season, the former Dynamos hitman is part of a breakaway group that has formed at the top of the goal scorers list.
The 27-year-old who finished third on the scoring charts last season with 11 goals scored when he was playing for Maritzburg United, has netted five in Sundowns’ 11 games so far this season and is a goal behind leader Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs.
Malajila share second spot on the list with three other players in Moroka Swallows’ trio of Lerato Chabangu, Siyabonga Nomvete and Edward Manqele.
The powerful striker is one of five players who have started in all the 11 league games for the well and expensively assembled Sundowns side.
“It’s unnecessary to set a target on the number of goals that i would score this season. I just want to work hard and be a better player. I want to be better than what i was last season, to be better than what i was yesterday. My target for the season is hard-work,” Malajila told NewsDay Sport at the start of the Premiership this season.
Kaizer Chiefs’ Kingstone Nkhata has scored three goals from seven appearances for his club.
He has started in five matches, and while he is the club’s second top goalscorer, the team’s supporters feels the Warriors’ man is not good enough. He has been a target of the supporters’ boo brigade.
Khama Billiat has scored two for Sundowns in eight starts. He missed the team’s last league match with an injury, but was expected back on the line-up last night.
Also on two goals is Knowledge Musona and Rodreck Mutuma.
Musona’s season has also been blighted by injuries with just seven games under his belt this season while Mutuma is struggling to command a regular jersey having started in three of the seven matches he has played this season.
Amazulu’s Carlington Nyadombo concludes the list of Zimbabweans on the top goalscorers list, with his single goal he scored against Ajax Cape Town on September 1.
Sundowns’ on-loan striker Nyasha Mushekwi has scored two goals for his Belgian club KV Oostende.
The former Caps United man has played in eight of the 13 games for his club this season. Oostende was at Ovidy Karuru’s OH Lueven at the weekend, Mushekwi completing 63 minutes of the match which his side won 2-1 while Karuru could not make the final squad for the match.
It was business as usual for Costa Nhamoinesu who made his 16th appearance for Czech Republic giants Sparta Praha on Saturday.