The country's top marksman strikes again

BULAWAYO - Chicken Inn forward Tendai Ndoro is fast emerging as the favourite for this season’s Castle Premiership golden boot award after netting his ninth goal of the season in his team’s 2-0 victory over Black Mambas last Saturday.

 The winger-turned-centre forward struck on 10 minutes to open the scoring for the Gamecocks after being set up by midfielder Thabani Goredema.

 Ndoro is slowly growing in confidence in his new role as a goal poacher and this is demonstrated by his shot selection, which is improving by each outing.

 “There is indeed a lot of improvement in my play and I think it’s because I have adjusted well to my new role and that’s why the goals keep coming,” Ndoro told the Daily News yesterday.

 During his days as a speedy winger, the player would go for power rather than precision, which resulted in him failing to hit the target occasionally.

 On Saturday, Ndoro showed a new side to his play with a beautiful curler that had Mambas keeper Tonderai Mateyaunga diving full stretch to tip it over the bar just a minute in the first half.

 It would have been a memorable goal had that effort gone in for the country’s top goal scorer.

 Ndoro attributed his smooth transition from the right wing to the support that he has received from his teammates.

  “I grew up playing as a centre striker before I switched to right link but my teammates have made it easy for me to adapt to a central striking position and I give them all the credit,” Ndoro said.

 The failure to pick his shots wisely was Ndoro’s Achilles heel and resulted in a poor conversion rate, but this is likely to improve given the growth that he has displayed of late.

 A product of the now defunct Railstars Juniors, Ndoro is blessed with lightning pace and his newly gained ability to pass the ball into the nets is likely to cement his position as the country’s top marksman.

 Last Saturday, some fans were heard clamouring for the 25-year-old striker to be included in the national team but the striker says his time will come.

 “It is every player’s dream to represent their country and I do believe that my time will come and I just have to keep on delivering the goods for my team,” said Ndoro. - Sakheleni Nxumalo

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