Nokel to dou­ble prize for 22 goals scored

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

SOUTH­ERN Re­gion Divi­sion One Soccer League monthly spon­sors for the Top Goal Scorer award, Nokel Se­cu­rity, will dou­ble the prize money for the player who scores 22 league goals this sea­son.

Nokel Se­cu­rity has been giv­ing away $150 for the lead­ing monthly top scorer.

Ken­neth Mhlophe, Nokel Se­cu­rity di­rec­tor said his com­pany will add $200 to the $150 prize money set aside for the league’s lead­ing marks­man at the end of the sea­son should he beat the 22-goal mark.

“We hope the award will mo­ti­vate strik­ers to work harder and sur­pass the 10 goals that were scored last year by for­mer Bulawayo Chiefs’ striker Ishmael Wadi. On top of the $150 that we award to the over­all top goal scorer at the end of the year, the player who scores 22 goals or more will walk away with $200. The rea­son why we’ve set a bonus for 22-goal mark is that even in the Pre­mier­ship goals run out in the sec­ond half and it is goals that make football ex­cit­ing,” Mhlophe said.

Wadi, an at­tack­ing mid­fielder now turns out for FC Plat­inum and has of late been com­mand­ing a reg­u­lar start­ing place.

In 2014, South­ern Re­gion’s top goal scorer was for­mer Tsholot­sho FC for­ward Ed­more Chi­ram­badare with 14 goals. Chi­ram­badare’s goal poach­ing prow­ess saw him land at Chicken Inn where he helped them win the 2015 PSL cham­pi­onship and now plays for South African gi­ants Kaizer Chiefs.

Tashinga Mun­gadze of Black Boots is presently lead­ing the South­ern Re­gion Soccer League top scorer’s chart with nine goals from 14 games. Mun­gadze win­ner of the June award can sur­pass the 22-goal mark should he main­tain his form and bar­ring in­juries.

Nh­lanhla Ndlovu of Ama­ga­gasi who joined High­landers a fort­night ago left the Vic­to­ria Falls club hav­ing scored eight goals.

The other play­ers that might fancy chances of win­ning the ac­co­lade in­clude Lungile Ny­athi of Ama­ga­gasi, Bantu Rovers’ For­tune Nko­mazana and Car­los Dube from Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers who are all tied on six goals.

Mean­while, Zifa South­ern Re­gion chair­man Musa Man­daza wel­comed the de­vel­op­ment and said they are work­ing on get­ting spon­sor­ship for out­stand­ing goal­keep­ers. “It is pleas­ing to see our spon­sor com­mit­ting more to our league. Ob­vi­ously, this is a shot in the arm for our league be­cause it means we will see more goals in the sec­ond half and it is goals that peo­ple want to see. We’re also work­ing hard to try and get more spon­sors for in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades like the best goal­keeper, de­fender and mid­fielder,” said Man­daza. — @ZililoR

Nokel Se­cu­rity di­rec­tor Ken­neth Mhlophe

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