Mu­sonda eyes NFD golden boot

Black Leop­ards’ top scorer is con­fi­dent his team will make play-offs

African Times - - Front Page - MASHUDU SADIKE

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.

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