Bantu Rovers striker bags Nokel top scorer gong

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter

BANTU Rovers striker For­tune Nko­mazana is the first player to bag the monthly Nokel Se­cu­rity Zifa South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League Top Goal Scorer ac­co­lade this sea­son.

Nko­mazana, joint win­ner of the Nokel Se­cu­rity Zifa South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League May Top Goal Scorer ac­co­lade with ex-Ama­ga­gasi for­ward Nh­lanhla Ndlovu, will be pre­sented with his July win­nings dur­ing his team’s next home game.

Ac­cord­ing to Zifa South­ern Re­gion ad­min­is­tra­tor Au­gus­tine Ndlovu, Nko­mazana scored four goals to beat team­mate Joshua Wil­son, who scored three goals in July.

There were four play­ers, Bu­l­awayo Chiefs’ duo of Pride Zireni and Joseph Mu­tam­bi­ranwa as well as Tech­no­sphere pair of Bekithemba Ny­oni and Her­bert Sibanda, who scored two goals each.

“Nko­mazana of Bantu Rovers, who shared the May award with for­mer Ama­ga­gasi striker Nh­lanhla Ndlovu, is the win­ner of the Nokel Se­cu­rity Zifa South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League July’s Top Goal Scorer. He will get his award dur­ing his team’s next league game,” said Ndlovu.

The league is likely to com­bine the Au­gust and Sep­tem­ber award be­cause of the mid-sea­son break last month.

Ndlovu said they are brac­ing for more goals in the sec­ond half of the cam­paign, with strik­ers chas­ing the end of sea­son $200 bonus should they hit the 22-goal mark.

Kenneth Mhlophe, Nokel Se­cu­rity di­rec­tor, said his com­pany would add a $200 bonus to the $150 prize money should a player sur­pass 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 an ex­tra $200. The rea­son we’ve set a bonus for the 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 been a reg­u­lar for the PSL cham­pi­onship favourites.

In 2014, the South­ern Re­gion 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 be­fore he was snapped up by South African giants Kaizer Chiefs.

Tashinga Mun­gadze of Black Boots is presently lead­ing the South­ern Re­gion League’s scor­ers’ chart with 10 goals from 17 games and can sur­pass the 22-goal mark should he main­tain his form and bar­ring in­juries.

Nh­lanhla Ndlovu has since joined High­landers, hav­ing scored eight goals by the time he left the sec­ond tier league.

Other play­ers that might fancy their chances of win­ning the ac­co­lade in­clude Nko­mazana, Rovers’ striker and cap­tain Bukhosi Sibanda on seven goals, as well as Lungile Ny­athi of Ama­ga­gasi and Car­los Dube from Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers, both tied on six goals.

For­tune Nko­mazana re­ceives May award from Zifa South­ern Re­gion of­fi­cial Bry­ton Ma­lan­d­ule

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