Muzokomba leading Buffaloes' stampede

MUTARE - Since Buffaloes appointed Timothy Masachi as coach, Watungwa Watungwa have been in a goal scoring stampede at Sakubva Stadium, netting 11 goals in three matches.

The chief culprit in the goal scoring frenzy has been the army side’s captain, Jacob Muzokomba, who has scored five of those goals.

Muzokomba has been the warhead in the Mutare-based soldiers’ onslaught as they have battered opponents with the consistency of a tuberculosis cough this season.

On Sunday, although Buffaloes started slowly, something attributed by Masachi to playing against the wind, Muzokomba for once appeared shackled against Triangle.

But when he finally got a clear chance in the 45th minute, the in-form Watungwa Watungwa skipper cancelled Triangle’s lead with aplomb.

Muzokomba fired home from close range to take his season’s tally nine goals.

By levelling the score just before the break, Muzokomba gave his team a psychological boost that saw Buffaloes take the game to Triangle in the second half.

The untiring former Zimbabwe Under-20 international midfielder-cum-striker went on to create a number of scoring opportunities for his teammates as Buffaloes smelt blood in the second period.

In the 54th minute, Muzokomba sent in a low cross towards Admire Vumbunu, who missed the target by a few inches.

Often dropping back into midfield, Muzokomba was again part of a beautiful build-up on the right flank five minutes later that had the entire Triangle defence scrambling in sixes and sevens.

The Mutare soldiers went on to win the match 3-1 and moved to seventh place on the Castle Premiership log.

Muzokomba is proving to be a team player who never seems to be going after personal glamour at the expense of the team.

“I’m happy with my performance but I owe it to my team mates and the coaching department,” Muzokomba told the Daily News.

It was a sweet victory for Buffaloes as they avenged the 2-0 loss they suffered at the hands of the sugarcane farmers in the first half of the season.

With Muzokomba leading the Buffaloes charge, the Mutare-based soldiers are looking good for another top-eight finish in their second season in the top-flight.

Muzokomba is now hot on the heels of the Castle Premiership leading goal scorer, Tendai Ndoro of Chicken Inn, who has plundered 11 goals.

The Buffaloes captain is, however, reluctant to promise that he will land this season’s Golden Boot award.

“We will need to wait and see on that,” Muzokomba said.

It has been a marked improvement in front of goal for the player, who only scored four goals last season while turning out for relegated Gweru side Hardbody.

With the way he is playing this season, Muzokomba is likely to take Ndoro to the wire for the Golden Boot.

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