Prince revels at wonder against Yanga

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BY FORTUNE MBELE

WARRIORS striker Prince Dube is revelling at the gem of a goal he scored for Tanzanian side Azam in the league win against championship-chasing Young Africans at the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Sunday.

Dube’s long-range strike in the dying minutes of the game separated Azam from Young Africans, with the former closing the gap on the latter to three points and to four on log leaders Simba SC.

He maintains the stranglehold on the scorers’ chart after banging in his 12th goal of the season, but he remains coy about the Golden Boot award.

Azam are on third spot with 54 points, with Young Africans second as the battle for the league title rages.

Addressing journalists soon after the match, Dube says his focus is on Azam winning more games, and winning the Golden Boot award would be a bonus.

“This game was not about me. I would like to dedicate this game to everyone at Azam. It was team effort,” Dube said.

He added: “It was a good goal, but I am more focused on helping the team win more games. I am grateful I helped the team to win the game today (Sunday). It’s a great feeling scoring against Yanga. These are the games in which every striker would want to score. It’s every striker’s wish to win the Golden Boot award, but for now I am focused on helping the team to win more games. If I fail to win the Golden Boot award, I still would have set my standards high.”

The Warriors striker, who missed a number of games after he sustained a hand injury last year and had to undergo surgery, says he is now abreast with Tanzanian football.

“I know the Tanzanian league now. It’s hard, but I just have to pick myself up and whenever they kick me I have to continue doing the best for my team,” Dube said.

Dube received the ball from a clearance by one of his defenders and unleashed a cracker towards the end of the game, beating Young Africans goalkeeper Farouk Shikhalo all systems out.

His continued goal-scoring run, after a brace two weeks ago, is a good call on Warriors coach Zdravko Logarušic to consider him for call-up ahead of the World Cup qualifiers beginning next month

For the Golden Boot award, Dube would be racing against Simba SC’s Meddie Kagere and John Bocco. Kagere has won the award for two seasons and is a goal behind Dube while Bocco has banged in 10 goals.

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