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Mushekwi closes in on topscorer Musona

[Posted 03 Feb 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Mushekwi has hit top form in South Africa and is pushing for Musona"s throne

When Nyasha Mushekwi joined Mamelodi Sundowns from CAPS United of Zimbabwe, he was already a proven prolific goal scorer, and the Sundowns fans could be forgiven for having expected a glut of goals from the big striker.

The Sundowns fans' dreams appear to be coming true now.

The man they love to call "Milkshake" at Chloorkorp in Pretoria has begun to demonstrate his killer instincts in the box by giving Sundowns the much needed goals in the new year, despite having been restricted to only come from the bench during the first half of the 2010/2011 season.

The former CAPS hitman is now breathing down heavily on his Warriors strike partner and ABSA Premiership top goal-scorers' chart leader Knowledge Musona, after taking his tally from 4 to 6 goals within just a week. Musona  sits on top of the charts with 10 goals.

Only last weekend, Mushekwi provided the goal that saved the Sandawanas blushes at home against Platinum Stars in a match which ended 1-1 in Pretoria.

Yesterday, the big Zimbabwean striker was in top form, and true to his new affectionate name, shook off the challenges of defenders and banged in a goal in a 2-0 victory over struggling Moroka Swallows.

Method Mwanjali, Mushekwi's compatriot and Warriors' team mate, scored the other goal.

Mushekwi, arrived in South Africa after winning the Golden Boot in his homeland, after scoring more than 23 goals in one season with CAPS.

The striker was the leading goal scorer in CAF competitions, having scored a total number of 6 goals in the CHAN qualifiers and the Confederations Cup with the Warriors and CAPS respectively.

He helped Zimbabwe's home-based stars to qualifiy for their second successive CHAN finals in Sudan, due to kick-off tomorrow in Khartoum, where the Warriors are in Group B, together with neighbours South Africa, Ghana and Niger.

CAPS struggled in the CAF competition last year without the inspirational stars such as Mushekwi, Mwanjali, Mtizwa and other stars who left to join South African topflight clubs at the same time in July last year.

Mushekwi, is known to be a slow starter, but once he gets into his groove, he bangs in goals for fun, and he appears to have hit that kind of form that made him a much feared striker in Zimbabwe last season.

Considering that Mushekwi still scored goals during the first past of the ABSA premiership season while he featured mostly as a second half substitute, Sundowns fans have reason to believe that Milkshake will lead their team's surge towards the title.

Mushekwi appears to have been thrust into the main striking role at Sundowns in the absence of Katlego Mphela, who is demanding to be released to a European club. He has responded to his new role by scoring in two matches in a row.

Now sitting at 6 goals, exactly four goals shy of topscorers' chart leader Musona, Mushekwi poses real threat to Musona's dream of winning the Golden boot this season.

While Musona appears to be a more polished player who not only scores goals, but creates them for team mates, Mushekwi is a better fox in the box than his Warriors strike partner. 

Nyasha might not even touch the ball for 40 minutes, but when a chance to score comes, he has an art to get goals, even from the tightest of angles. There are signs in the past month, that fans in South Africa will see the real goal-getter that Mushekwi is.

It is for that reason that many have begun to specualte that if Antonio Lopez Habas continues to give him the opportunity to start matches, Mushekwi has the potential to overtake Musona on the top goal scorers' chart in the ABSA premiership this season. 

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