Ndoro targets 20-goal mark

HARARE - The country’s deadliest marksman, Tendai Ndoro, has set his sights on finishing the 2013 Castle Premiership season with 20 goals to his credit.

Ndoro is a sure bet to lift the Golden Boot award with 18 goals to his name. But the Chicken Inn hitman is eager to surpass last season’s winning tally.

Nelson Maziwisa, on loan at Shabanie Mine at the time, was crowned the league’s top-goal scorer last year with 18 goals.

“At the beginning of the year I set myself a target of getting 18 goals and the reason for that was that this was the total number of goals that were scored by last year’s top goal scorer,” Ndoro told the Daily News yesterday.

“And now that I have matched that tally, it would be nice to get to 20 goals and hopefully I will get two goals against Triangle (in Chicken Inn’s last game of the season) on Sunday.”

The former winger enjoyed a dream start to season after being moved to a central striker role by former Chicken Inn coach Mandla Mpofu.

His goal scoring exploits earned him a call-up to Zimbabwe’s squad for this year’s Cosafa Cup in Zambia.

His performance in the regional tournament attracted the attention of a number of South African clubs, but Ndoro chose to sign for modest Mpumalanga Black Aces.

He was loaned back to Bulawayo side Chicken Inn after his papers were processed too late for him to be registered, and he will only be eligible to play at the beginning of next year.

“I want to make a name for myself when I go back to Mpumalanga and I hope to continue scoring when I get there,” Ndoro said.

“This opportunity to come back and play here has enabled me not only to stay in shape, but I am sure it has also done wonders for my confidence because being the league’s top goal scorer is a big achievement.”

The 25-year-old striker, who will join Mpumalanga on Wednesday, believes the top-goal scorer tag will not put him under pressure when he gets to South Africa.

“I am aware that a number of Zimbabwean players that won the Golden Boot here at home choked when they got to South Africa, but I believe that the major reason for that was because they had moved to big clubs where the fans are too demanding,” he said.

“I had offers from big clubs in South Africa but I made a conscious decision to join Mpumalanga Black Aces because I felt I had a better chance of settling in there and if you look at (Cuthbert) Malajila’s progress you can see that is the best route to take.”

Former Chapungu, Highlanders and Dynamos striker Malajila was snapped up by cash rich Mamelodi Sundowns after making an impact at Maritzburg United in the last couple of seasons.

Ndoro is a product of the now defunct Railstars Juniors and also played in Botswana alongside his twin brother, Takudzwa who is a goalkeeper.

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