Free-scoring Chimbadzwa eyes PSL return

HARARE - ZRP FC forward Kasimero Chimbadzwa is now eyeing a quick return to the Castle Premiership on the back of his goal-scoring exploits in the second-tier Northern Region Soccer League, where he plundered 22 goals.

Chimbadzwa won the league’s golden boot award despite his goals for the former PSL side failing to catapult the police outfit back into the top-flight.

The 29-year-old forward was on Saturday honoured with the Supreme Panel Beaters sponsored award.

His goal tally was 10 more than the PSL’s joint golden boot winners, Charles Sibanda and Kuda Musharu, who both finished with 12 goals.

“I wouldn’t want to compare this league and the PSL,” Chimbadzwa said.

“They are two different leagues. But it’s a positive feeling to score as many goals in a division that is dominated by some well-travelled players. I’m happy that it shows my level is different. I have actually improved from last season when I was in the Premiership. Now I want to play in the PSL again. It’s everyone’s wish to move up to the Premier League. 

“If you look at all the division one regions, I don’t think there is anyone who scored as many goals as I did.”

Chimbadzwa’s ZRP finished sixth in the league, having been relegated from the PSL last year.

“It was unfortunate that we went down. It was disappointing. Having amassed 39 points we thought we had fought well, but that’s football.”

Zifa Northern Region chairman Willard Manyengavana thanked Supreme Panel Beaters for supporting the Northern Region in spite of the prevailing liquidity crunch.

Speaking on behalf of Supreme Panel Beaters, Ahmed Abdul said the company’s involvement will challenge strikers to score more goals.

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