Roggert Nyundu in NFD scoring streak for Black Leopards
Posted: 11 March 2015 Time: 14:54
It seems the best ‘buy’ of the January transfer window may not have been in the Premier Soccer League.
Black Leopards attacking midfielder Roggert Nyundu is taking the National First Division by storm having been deemed surplus to requirements at Polokwane City, who ironically have found the going tougher of late.
The 27-year-old has now scored in six consecutive matches in all competitions for Leopards since arriving at the start of the year and has a total of nine goals in that time.
It is quite an achievement considering he has only started one of those games – the 6-2 mauling of FC Cape Town in the Nedbank Cup last 32.
Nyundu got a hat-trick in that fixture, to go with a brace against Garankuwa United and further goals in wins against Jomo Cosmos, Witbank Spurs, Baroka FC and Vasco da Gama.
He has yet to feature in a game for Leopards and not score, while they have also won all six matches he has played in.
The statistic is skewed though in that all five appearances off the bench have come before the 32nd minute – two as early as the 16th minute – as Leopards coach Zeca Marques bends the NFD rules around having five players under the age of 23 in the starting lineup.
While teams must start the game with five Under-23 players, they need not finish it with that many and, as many teams do in the second-tier, Nyundu is an early introduction into the game, always for one of the under-age stars.
Although not illegal, it is perhaps against the spirit of the rule, but is a widespread tactic in the NFD.
Nyundu has had a journeyman career that has also included spells with Carara Kicks, Sivutsa Stars and a short stay at Polokwane City.
He did score a brace for Kosta Papic’s side against AmaZulu in December, but was still loaned out to Leopards the following month.