Nkulu eyes golden boot award

Nkulu eyes golden boot award

Maseru – Leading Vodacom Premier League scorer Nzenze Nkulu has set his sights on claiming this season’s golden boot award.

The Linare hitman has found the net 14 times already this term and he says he is focusing on capturing the top scorer’s award now that ‘Tse Tala’ seem to have avoided relegation.
Nkulu, who is on loan from Bantu, has been a revelation this season and has been the only bright spark in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Linare.
The Hlotse side are languishing in 11th place in the 14-team Vodacom premiership with a measly 17 points from 19 games.

However, Sunday’s 3-1 win over Butha-Buthe Warriors has given them some breathing space from the dreaded relegation zone.
Speaking on Tuesday, Nkulu said he is aware of the competition for the top scorer award from evergreen Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) poacher Mojela Letsie who has 13 goals to his name.

But, the Congolese marksman said he is determined to add his name to a prestigious list of recent golden boot winners that includes Motebang Sera, Litšepe Marabe and Tsebang Lebata.

“I am feeling good and hopefully I can continue scoring more goals,” Nkulu said. “My aim is to end the season as the top goal-scorer. Competition doesn’t give me pressure, I am aware of (Mojela Letsie) but I am just focusing on me and scoring goals.”

Nkulu was again at his lethal best last weekend grabbing a brace as ‘Tse Tala’ cruised past struggling Butha-Buthe Warriors 3-1 in Maputsoe. It was a good start to life under Teele Ntšonyana who was roped in to take over Linare’s reins last month.

The side’s next game is on Saturday against Kick4Life at the Maputsoe DiFA Stadium and Nkulu said he hopes to keep improving.
“I am happy with my performance so far but I still believe there is room for improvement. There are some areas in my play that I feel I can still improve,” he said.
Nkulu was initially loaned to Linare for six months at the beginning of the season.

The loan was extended in January when Bantu coach James Madidilane could not find space for him in Mafeteng as the club’s foreign quota of five players was full.
Not that Nkulu is complaining.

He said he is enjoying playing regularly at Linare after being a bit-part player last season and added he feels more at home in Hlotse than he was in Mafeteng.
Nkulu pointed out he will return to ‘A Matšo Matebele’ when the season ends to fight for his place, but only if an agreement guaranteeing him more minutes on the pitch is reached.
“I love to play. I am playing regularly here at Linare and I think I am best suited here because I am playing,” Nkulu underlined.

“At Bantu I was not getting game-time but I am playing at Linare so I love it here. However, I would go back to Bantu if we agree on giving me game-time.”

Luciah Phahla

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