Golden boot race down to the wire: Malawi TNM Super League

The 2016-2017 Tnm Super League Soccer season has reached a juncture where no one can predict what will  happen next as a result of stiff competition in the process reminding soccer fanatics used to experience and enjoy close to two decades ago.

Mbulu: Leading top scorer
Mbulu: Leading top scorer
Chiukepo:  Chasing for golden boot
Chiukepo: Chasing for golden boot
Wadabwa celebrates gis goal
Wadabwa celebrates gis goal

It is not only the battle for the league championship that has reached the climax and critical stage but also what can be described as the three horse golden boot race.

Mafco FC hitman Richard Mbulu leads the top goal scoring chart with 18 goals and is being closely followed by Chiukepo Msowoya of Nyasa Big Bullets and Peter Wadabwa of Mighty Be Forward Wanderers who are tied on 16 goals.

The trio were on target for their respective clubs over the weekend.

Mbulu gave his side a lead before a Dwangwa United player equalised late in the second half to force the game into a 2-2 draw at the Chitowe ground on Sunday.

Mafco could have gone on top of the log table if they had won.

At the Kamuzu Stadium, Msowoya and Wadabwa scored a brace each as their sides beat Karonga United and Epac F.C 4-3 and 4-1 on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Meanwhile, both Mbulu and Msowoya have described the golden boot chase
as a non-starter, open and that can go either way.

“As of now, I can’t talk much as you can see the difference is just that of two goals but myself, I will work had and make sure I score in each and every game whether my team win or loses,” said Mbulu.

The striker whose goal scoring skills attracted interest from a South African Club-Baroka FC and a Portuguesse Club said his secret has been ‘self practice and following instructions from the coach’.

On his part, Msowoya said his main focus is on making sure that his team wins every upcoming game and collect maximum points inorder to defend the title.

“First of all let me thank God for making me one of the contenders for the golden boot but I am not focussing much on that, my main focus is to make sure my team wins. If my team do better then the golden boot will just be a plus” said Msowoya.

Recently, Wadabwa also said his main focus is on making sure he score more goas for his club to win games.

“My target is not to win the golden boot, I am foccusing mainly on scoring goals because that is my duty to make sure my team is winning games. For me to win the golden boot, it will just be a bonus,” he said.

Bright Munthali of Azam Tigers remain the only highest scoring player in a single game in the 2016-17 soccer season.

He hit five goals when his side clobbered Karonga United 7-0 at the Kamuzu Stadium about two months ago.

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