Malajila eyes Golden Boot

HARARE - With five matches left in the South African Absa Premiership season, Zimbabwe international forward Cuthbert Malajila is confident he will win the Golden Boot award.

The Mamelodi Sundowns striker has been in impressive form for the Chloorkop outfit in their league title-defence which appears to be fizzling out due to log leaders Kaizer Chiefs consistent form.

Following this weekend's 0-5 home defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic, Sundowns now find themselves 13 points behind the Phefeni Glamour Boys.

With the championship now beyond the Brazilians' reach, Malajila is now focused on adding more goals to his tally in the remaining fixtures to win the Golden Boot.

Malajila has scored 10 goals and is one behind joint top goal scorers Moeketsi Sekola of Free State Stars and Lerato Lamola of Bloemfontein Celtic.

“I have to believe as a player and everyone at Sundowns want me to win the award,” Malajila told KickOff.

“Everyone has been helping me and everyone wants me to do well. I still have a chance to score more goals in the few games that are coming and I have to keep believing.

“I’m gonna (sic) keep on fighting for the top scorer award until the last game.”

Malajila’s impressive form for the Brazilians was recognised recently when he was named the Absa Premiership Player of the Month for February and March where his coach Pitso Mosimane picked up the managerial prize for the same period.

The 29-year-old, who was recently said to be on the radar France Ligue 1 side Lille, has also received the backing of his coach for the award.

Mosimane said: “The one thing you may not be aware of is that ‘Mala’ has (10) assists.

“It is easy to score 10 goals when you are waiting there and to be passed the ball to score. ‘Mala’ is not selfish and he could have scored some of the goals that he passed. He plays for the team.

“He also tracks back and defends. So he is not like other strikers who just wait there to be passed the ball and score.”

Sundowns captain Teko Modise also lauded Malajila’s for his work rate.

“Malajila is a good player who has shown his capabilities," Modise said on his official website.

“His work ethic is good and it shows on the field. He is one of the top goal scorers in the League and for a reason.”

Comments (1)

Good to hear that. Let us hope the current evil wind does not catch up with him and other players.

kuta kinte - 22 April 2015

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