Bhengu striking lucky at Thanda

Bhengu announced his arrival while playing for Moroka Swallows in the 2008/09 season when he scored a brace against Kaizer Chiefs, a feat that raised expectations. However, since then he has not reach the heights expected after once being touted as the 'next Benni McCarthy'.

The versatile player helped the national Under-20 team reach the quarter-finals of the 2009 World Youth Championships playing as a right-back for Serame Letsoaka's side.

Bhengu finished the 2010/11 season as the second-top scorer in the First Division while playing for Mpumalanga Black Aces, but at the start of the 2011/12 season he found himself without a club.

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Stints being clubless and at the now-defunct Bay United were followed in January 2013 by the signing of a two-and-a-half-year deal at Chippa United, who offloaded him just two weeks later citing a lack of match fitness.

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Almost two years later, the 25-year-old is proving that not only is he match-fit, but he certainly still knows where the goal is after being played regularly as a striker at Amabhubesi.

Thanda are third on the NFD log, just three points behind leaders Milano after 14 games played.

NFD top scorers

Phumelele Bhengu (Thanda Royal Zulu FC) - 9
Charlton Mashumba (Jomo Cosmos) - 8
Brice Aka (Jomo Cosmos) - 7
Siphelele Ntshangase (Black Leopards) - 7
Brent Adonis (Milano United) - 6
Suhayl Allie (Santos) - 6
Gift Motupa (Baroka FC) - 5
Lerato Mosopo (Highlands Park) - 5
Tebogo Masoale (Golden Arrows) - 5

VIEW: NFD table, fixtures and top scorers