More goals will come: Tsipa

HARARE - Veteran CAPS United forward Leonard Tsipa (pictured) is pleased with his contribution to Makepekepe’s Castle Lager Premiership title challenge as he continues to find the back of the net in important victories.

While most of Tsipa’s contemporaries have hung up their boots to move into coaching or other ventures, the 35-year-old CAPS forward is still banging in goals for the Green Machine.

At the weekend, Tsipa scored a second half penalty to give his side a crucial 1-0 win over Chicken Inn at the National Sports Stadium and maintain their chase on log leaders FC Platinum.

It was Tsipa’s ninth strike of the season which catapulted him to the top of the goal-scoring charts.

Although the Mbare-born forward has set his sights on winning the Golden Boot, he is putting team glory ahead of any personal accolades.

If United end up overtaking FC Platinum and winning the league at the end of the season, Tsipa’s goals would have significantly weighed in to that first title since 2005.

“I’m happy with my contributions but obviously that is what is expected of me because as a striker you are there to score goals,” Tsipa said.

“I believe that more goals will come but we need to do well as a group to ensure we achieve our targets.”

On his good scoring run, Tsipa said: “It’s to do with the confidence a player has in himself. The desire, the hunger to score a goal; something I have a lot of.”

With seven games to go before the season comes to an end, Tsipa believes the Green Machine can end that long wait for a league title. 

“Of course, we are sitting in second place on the log table but there is still a long way to go and I am confident we will be smiling at the end of the race,” he said.

“We have a good team ready to fight for each other. We only need to stay focused and concentrate. There are obviously going to be twist and turns in the run in so we need to be consistent.”

Tsipa’s coach, Chitembwe is delighted with the contribution of the veteran striker and tips him to finish the season with the Golden Boot.

“For him to be seen scoring and enjoying his game for me I think it’s good for him and also for the team,” Chitembwe said.

“He is one player who works hard and I will not be surprised if he ends the season as the top goal-scorer.

“We hope he keeps on providing us with those goals, especially at this crucial stage of the campaign and see what happens at the end.”

With 21 points to fight for before the season ends, the title race has been seemingly narrowed down to three teams — FC Platinum, CAPS United and Highlanders.

But this weekend, attention shifts from the title race when the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup takes place.

Makepekepe have a tricky date against struggling Tsholotsho at home on Saturday and will be hoping to reclaim their status as the Cup Kings.

Since the tournament resumed two years ago, the Green Machine has failed to make a mark in knockout competition losing on penalties to ZPC Kariba in the first round last year.

In 2014, Makepekepe reached the quarter-finals of the tournament but were bundled out after losing to eventual winners FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium.

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.