Musonda eyes NFD golden boot
Black Leopards’ top scorer is confident his team will make play-offs
BLACK Leopards’ prolific goal scorer Mwape Musonda says it’s not negotiable that his team should qualify for the promotion play offs for the Absa Premier Soccer League next month.
The National First Division’s [NFD] leading goal scorer has hogged the headlines after increasing his goal tally from 13 to 15 in their recent match against Stellenbosch FC where he netted a brace. He remains the league’s top scorer with five games to go.
“There’s no other way, its nonnegotiable, it’s a definite must happen because that’s our only way to the PSL this season as Highlands Park have ran away with automatic promotion,” said Musonda.
“We are confident this time. We will make the play-offs again. Unfortunately, we’ve failed on four occasions to win them. How many times can we fail before we can make it? I think it’s time, everyone in the team knows that it’s time to go back to the PSL, from the kit master to the chairman. It’s more like a now or never situation,” Musonda said.
Lidoda Duvha, who face Witbank Spurs in Witbank at the weekend missed out on promotion via the play-offs last season for the fourth consecutive time.
They maintained their secondplace position after their 1-0 win over Uthongathi FC on Sunday, a result that took Leopards to 44 points after 26 outings.
A win over Spurs will elevate their chances of finishing in one of the two play-offs spots, but it would mean nothing to qualify for the mini-league tournament if they do not go on to win it.
“Our next game is just as important to be won because at least when we win we will cement our second position on the log,” said Musonda.
“It’s annoying to go to the playoffs and come back to the NFD. This is our chance where we have to put everything and we have to correct all the mistakes that we have done in the past four seasons and win it through play-offs.
“We have a chance this season we have five more games to prove our worth. And I’m still hungry for more goals,” said Musonda.
However, the 27-year-old goal poacher does not believe he is close to winning the golden boot yet as Peter Shalulile of Highlands Park is behind him by two goals after he scored once on Saturday against Pretoria University at Makhulong Stadium. That saw Highlands beat Ama TUKS 5-1 to claim the NDF title and get automatic promotion to the PSL.
“No I have not won it yet, there are still five games to go, there are hattricks and braces in football, anyone behind me can still catch up, so if I want to get the Golden Boot then I have to keep scoring goals and see how many goals each of us will have at the end of the season,” the Zambian born striker said.
Musonda was poached by Orlando Pirates from Zanaco FC of Zambia in 2014 only to be loaned out to Golden Arrows in 2015. Mukurukuru Media.