Best Foreign Striker - Kingston Nkhatha
Posted: 7 July 2015 Time: 12:44
KickOff.com’s Lovemore Moyo is counting down the top 30 foreign strikers to have played in the PSL, with Kingston Nkhatha coming in at number 23.
23 - Kingston Nkhatha
Some sections of the Kaizer Chiefs fans are already so addicted to booing Nkhatha that they don’t even need a reason to still jeer the Zimbabwean forward. They will probably be booing right now!
However, coaches, teammates and opponents understand, the full value of this bustling forward and how influential he is in getting the team to play. Chiefs can attest to that as they almost froze straight after his departure, failing to score in four of the first five League games that they played after ‘King’ left for SuperSport United in January.
Neither the most skilful nor the deadliest forward, but the honesty with which he works in contributing towards the success of his team is second to none. His goalscoring numbers in the PSL are not as disastrous as some Chiefs fans would want to believe – 46 goals in 124 starts for Chiefs, Black Leopards, Free State Stars and SuperSport United is positive.
Considering that he offers more than just scoring goals in his game, Nkhatha is the kind of striker that you will have on the team list regularly if you find yourself as a coach as he gives you a package that you will rarely get out of most forwards.
His strike-rate would also increase if the 11 goals that he struck while on loan at Carara Kicks in the First Division are factored in. The ‘clever’ Chiefs supporters might object as much as they want about Nkhatha’s qualities but SuperSport United is neither a dump, retirement village nor mickey mouse club to have brought him on board. He scored on debut at SuperSport and even at Chiefs he struck memorable goals too, like that half-volley on the run against Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Won the Absa Premiership, MTN8 and Nedbank Cup through his ‘love-hate’ time at Chiefs.