Written by MALAWI NEWS AGENCY
MZUZU--With the elite TNM Super League reaching its crucial and entertaining stage, the race for the golden boot is getting better with three players now tied at fourteen goals each.
The players, Bvumbwe Research Vincent Chinthenga, Silver Strikers Rodrick Gonani and last season top goal scorer, Ishmael Thindwa are the ones fighting for the top scorer award.
Chinthenga has been the leading scorer until last week when Thindwa tied with him. On Sunday, Gonani’s hat-trick against Blantyre United saw the three players at par with 14 goals each.
Meanwhile, Blantyre United is out of the title race following their humbling loss to the defending champions, Silver Strikers 5-0 in one sided affair at the Silver Stadium.
Blantyre United also popularly known as, ‘Mphembedzu’ are on the third slot with 48 points behind Big Bullets and Silver Strikers.
Mphembedzu has been left with two games against Azam Tigers and Epac FC to wrap up their assignments.
Now it is a two horse race between Big Bullets and Silver Strikers after their victories over the weekend. The Peoples’ team, who are on the second slot with 52 points from 26 games have a maximum of 58 points while the other contenders, Silver Strikers on the summit table with 54 points from 25 games, have a maximum of 63 points.
However, the Bankers are the favourites having left with three games against Kamuzu Barracks in an away fixture before wrapping up with Epac FC and Mighty Wanderers at home while the People’s Team have to face Red Lions and Epac FC at home.
Sliver Strikers coach, Franco Ndawa has vowed to fight tooth and nail to defend their title in the remaining fixtures.
“We will fight on until the last game and we will do everything on our own without relying on any other team,” said
Ndawa, while his Big Bullets counterpart, Eding’toni Ng’onamo had only a few words, “The battle is still on and do not rule us out because anything can happen in a game of football.”
So far, fifteen games remain to the conclusion of the 2012/2013 Super League.