Kapenya calls for Golden Boot Award re­vamp

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter

FOR­MER High­landers skip­per and 2002 Cas­tle Lager Soc­cer Star of the Year Dazzy Kapenya has be­moaned the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing stan­dards of strik­ers in the coun­try and called on league spon­sors to put a min­i­mum num­ber of goals per sea­son for one to be el­i­gi­ble for the Golden Boot prize.

The leg­endary Amahlolanyama de­fender and for­mer War­riors player who fea­tured in the 2004 African Na­tions Cup fi­nals un­der an­other Zim­bab­wean foot­ball leg­end Sun­day Chidzambwa, be­lieves a bait from the spon­sors would help psy­che up strik­ers to be ever ea­ger for goals, un­like what is hap­pen­ing now where play­ers know that any num­ber of goals on top will as­sure him of a fat cheque.

Kapenya’s call comes amid a shock­ing re­al­ity that this year’s Golden Boot win­ner is likely to have scored the low­est ever num­ber of goals in the history of the Premier Soc­cer League if not since In­de­pen­dence in topflight foot­ball un­less some­thing dra­matic hap­pens to­day and to­mor­row dur­ing the last games of the 2016 sea­son.

Age­less Caps United hit­man Leonard Tsipa, who took the gong ex­actly 12 years ago with 18 goals, is lead­ing the pack hav­ing scored 11 goals this sea­son. Hwange’s Gift Mb­weti, iron­i­cally 12 years younger than Tsipa, is on nine and still very much in the run­ning to win this year’s Golden Boot award. “It’s em­bar­rass­ing as a coun­try that with only a game be­fore the sea­son ends, our lead­ing scorer is on 11 goals and in the run­ning for a fat cheque. This is a mock­ery to foot­ball. I know some peo­ple would want to ar­gue and say it’s a big plus to de­fend­ers but to me that is not the rea­son. Our strik­ers need to pull up their socks and jus­tify why they call them­selves strik­ers,” said Kapenya. “I there­fore feel the top goalscorer prize must not just be given be­cause some­one scored more goals than oth­ers. We will be cel­e­brat­ing medi­ocrity just like a par­ent cel­e­brat­ing that his child came first in the class but hav­ing failed all the sub­jects. “We need to have a min­i­mum num­ber of goals for one to qual­ify for the Golden Boot and then that way we will cel­e­brate qual­ity but for now it’s late to en­force that since the sea­son is al­ready over, maybe next year,” said Kapenya.

Chipo Tsodzo re­mains the all-time lead­ing PSL top goalscorer since 1996 af­ter hit­ting in 27 goals while turn­ing out for Masvingo United un­der Luke Ma­somere in 2001.

He is fol­lowed by Chewe Mu­lenga and Nor­man Maroto who scored 24 goals for Rail­stars and Dy­namos re­spec­tively in the 1999/00 and 2002 sea­sons.

“Some­thing is just not right. Look at Bruce Kangwa, he is on seven goals and among the lead­ing pack yet he never played a sin­gle match in the sec­ond half of the sea­son,” said Kapenya.

It is be­lieved that the fear of los­ing is now more than the de­sire to win in most Zim­bab­wean coaches and play­ers hence the rather de­fen­sive ap­proach to the game.

For­mer Chicken Inn striker Tendai Ndoro who took the Golden Boot prize in 2013 with 18 goals is the lead­ing striker in the Absa Premiership with nine league goals out of nine games for Or­lando Pi­rates.

Dazzy Kapenya Golden Boot win­ners since 1996

Tashinga Mungadze (right) re­ceives his Nokel Se­cu­rity top goal scorer award from spon­sor Ken­neth Mhlophe

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