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Thanda Royal Zulu striker Mhlengi Cele eyes Golden Boot

Posted: 10 October 2016 Time: 09:23

Thanda Royal Zulu striker Mhlengi Cele "badly" wants to win the Golden Boot this season.

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The 29-year-old currently tops the NFD scoring charts with seven goals from five matches, having returned to Thanda in the off-season after struggling for game-time at Chippa United in the previous two years.

Cele played second fiddle to Aristide Bance, Lerato Manzini and Rhulani Manzini at the Chilli Boys last term, but has spearheaded Thanda's rise to the second-tier summit this campaign under the guidance of coach Roger Sikhakhane.

"You know I want it (Golden Boot) so bad and I also want to make my own record on the side," Cele tells KickOff.com.

"I want to make my mark by scoring a lot of goals. Playing in the PSL opened my mind but I didn’t get the chance to show my qualities and it is not the same as the chances I’m getting at Thanda.

"In my professional career I have been coached by one person, Roger. Although he didn’t give me a chance at Chippa because he was under so much pressure but I’m getting it right now. I’m excited to be coached by someone who has your best interests at heart and who can support you withwhatever you ask him for."

Thanda have produced Golden Boot winners in ther past. Nkosinathi Mthiyane shared the prize with Milano United's Lesvin Stoffels with 14 goals in 2012/13, while Phumelele Bhengu claimed honours with 22 strikes in 2014/15. Cele aims to better their achievements.

"You know I want to top what they did for this club and why I want to beat them is, you know these guys I have played with them," he adds.

"Mthiyane scored those goals when I hadn't established myself and Bhengu did it when I had left the club. You know what differs between me and Bhengu is that I’m the striker that works hard but Bhengu lurks to score goals. He scores goals when they have already set things up for him but I start the move and finish everything."   

Sikhakhane's charges next visit FC Cape Town on October 15 at NNK Rugby Stadium.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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