Tsipa's ambitious target

HARARE - Leonard Tsipa’s career was perceived to be winding down and at the beginning of the season there were doubts that his legs would be able to carry the CAPS United frontline.

The 34-year-old was deemed excess baggage and considered a flash in the pan — someone set to fall away.

But how he silenced his critics has been impressive. He has proved them wrong and his performance has been convincing to even warrant a national team call-up.

His continued goal-scoring form is one primary reason why the Green Machine could pull off the historic feat of ending an 11-year wait for the league title.

Tsipa is taking pride from being the leading goal scorer in the Castle Lager Premiership so far.

He is determined to maintain his standards and add at least three more goals so that he can surpass a 15-goal mark by the end of the season while helping Makepekepe to a league title.

Tsipa has notched up 12 goals to propel Makepekepe to the top of the log with only two matches to go.

“I have set myself a target to score 15 goals or more before the season ends,” Tsipa said.

“This season, I think I’m playing well which I believe is down to hard work. I want to keep on scoring so that I can help my team win the title at the end of the season.”

So much of this was evident in CAPS’ last league match two weeks ago. The Green Machine made a short trip to Rufaro Stadium for a date against Harare City needing nothing less than maximum points.

It was, in short, one of those proper title race tests. Any result less than a win would have been catastrophic for United but again that did not faze Tsipa.

He scored the only goal of the match in the opening minute that settled matters and it felt like another signpost moment.

Interestingly, in 2004 when Makepekepe ended a 13-year wait for the title, Tsipa was the league’s top goal scorer and he is hoping history will repeat itself this year.

“Obviously, when I was the top goal scorer in 2004 we won the league championship and we want to win it again, especially this year,” he said.

Tsipa has many qualities but it is his work rate that differentiates him from other strikers in the league, especially at a time when goals have dried up.

Going into Sunday’s match against Ngezi Platinum Stars at the National Sports Stadium, Tsipa was named the Player of the Month for October.

“It’s an individual award but in everything I do, team comes first and it means as a team we are doing well,” he said.

“I believe in hard work and I think that’s why I am where I am today. I think the current crop of young players is not doing enough to create more scoring chances these days.”

With two matches left before the curtain comes down the title race has been narrowed down to three teams CAPS United, FC Platinum and Highlanders.

FC Platinum need nothing short of a win against Bosso also on Sunday to keep the title race alive or else CAPS will be crowned champions if they beat Ngezi.

“We are taking the Ngezi Platinum game seriously. Chances are that if we win that game, probably we will win the league. We are looking forward to winning against Ngezi Platinum,” Tsipa said.

“We were training and playing some friendly matches. We are geared up for the match and we really want to get the three points.”

Comments (1)

Go Kepekepe go..........

Tolo - 18 November 2016

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