It is Chungwa ver­sus Chi­wunga

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Lang­ton Nyak­wenda Lang­ton Nyak­wenda

THEIR sur­names sound sim­i­lar, they don’t stay far away from each other (one in Mu­fakose, the other in High­field, Harare), and the Golden Boot Race looks set to be a race be­tween the pair. It’s a Chungwa ver­sus Chi­wunga af­fair! Caps United’s hot­shot striker Do­minic Chungwa has taken con­trol of the race af­ter his brace against High­landers last Thurs­day took his tally to 14 in the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League this sea­son.

Black Rhi­nos’ Lot Chi­wunga is just two goals back go­ing into this af­ter­noon’s fix­tures.

Makepekepe host Hwange at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium with Mu­fakose­based Chungwa hop­ing to feast on a Chipangano that is star­ing at rel­e­ga­tion.

The Green Ma­chine is also seek­ing to ex­tend its un­beaten run to 10 games.

Army side Rhi­nos are at Bar­bour­fields for a date with Bosso and Chi­wunga has been telling his close friends he wants a hat trick at Emagu­meni.

“I will fight un­til my last breath but I think Chungwa has the up­per hand now. He has all the chances now to land the Golden Boot but who knows what God has in store for both of us?” mused the Rhi­nos man.

Chungwa, who has scored 14 of Caps United’s 39 goals this sea­son, in­tends to do his talk­ing on the park.

“For now I want to con­cen­trate on the tar­get, let’s talk about it in a few game’s time,” he said.

The for­mer Hippo Valley striker, whose goal scor­ing in­stincts are still the talk of Chiredzi five years af­ter leav­ing the Lowveld, has now scored in three con­sec­u­tive games Caps United have played at the NSS.

He scored the soli­tary goal when Makepekepe edged Chicken Inn 1-0 on Septem­ber 27 be­fore re­peat­ing the act against Tri­an­gle on October 15.

Last Thurs­day night he banged a brace against Bosso in a game he could have scored at least a hat-trick.

Chungwa has al­ready sur­passed last year’s Golden Boot win­ner and for­mer team­mate Leonard Tsipa, who won the 2016 award with a pal­try 11 goals.

Knox Mu­tizwa, then with High­landers, scored 14 to clinch the 2015 award while Kuda Musharu and Charles Sibanda shared the boot with 12 goals apiece the year be­fore.

The last PSL player to breach the 20-goal mark was Nor­man Maroto, who plun­dered 22 in Gun­ners’ colours in 2010.

The high­est Pre­mier­ship re­turn by any player since the turn of the mil­len­nium is Evans Chik­waik­wai’s 23 for Njube Sun­downs on his way to clinch­ing the 2008 Soc­cer Star of the Year award. Tsholot­sho v Bantu Rovers (Duli­vadz­imo), Sha­banie Mine v Tri­an­gle (Ma­glas), High­landers v Black Rhi­nos (Bar­bour­fields), Caps United v Hwange (NSS) WHEN Cle­ment Matawu made his Premier Soc­cer League de­but on April 8, 2001 ZPC Kariba for­ward Bless­ing “Gode” Nya­muz­i­hwa was two-year­sold.

As Chicken Inn played against Nya­muz­i­hwa’s ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga yes­ter­day, the Game­cocks’ mid­fielder took time to re­flect on a 16-year jour­ney which be­gan at Mucheke Sta­dium in Masvingo.

A jour­ney that has seen him ap­pear on the Soc­cer Stars cal­en­dar a re­mark­able five times, win­ning it once in 2006.

Matawu, who made his Pre­mier­ship bow with the now de­funct Mo­tor Ac­tion, is a key mem­ber of a ti­tle-chas­ing Chicken Inn side — and looks like he can go on for an­other 16 years. What’s the se­cret to his longevity? “I just en­joy play­ing foot­ball, so I try to keep my­self in shape. I guess I am lucky be­cause I am able to un­der­stand my body,” he said.

“Ded­i­ca­tion, dis­ci­pline and hard work have also been key in my ca­reer. My wife An­ge­line and my two kids Marti­nah and Jay­den also in­spire me. In a nut­shell, that is why I have the prover­bial nine lives of a cat!”

Matawu was 19 and in A-Level at Churchill High when he came on as a sec­ond half sub­sti­tute as the Mighty Bulls fell 0-1 to Masvingo United.

Black Rhi­nos le­gend Hamid “Muzukuru” Dhana, who was the Mo­tor Ac­tion coach, handed Matawu his de­but.

“I thought I would just be an un­used sub­sti­tute but the coach had other ideas and he threw me into the fray mid­way through the first half.

“I was ex­cited to get my first taste of

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