Ethiopian forward Abubeker Nassir is back on his bike moving upwards on the scoring charts as the prospect of his move to Kaizer Chiefs gains momentum.
From being slow off the mark in the new BetKing Ethiopian Premier League with his club Ethiopian Coffee (Ethiopia Bunna) also failing to win in the opening four games, Nassir is back in the spotlight again.
A brace two weeks ago against Jimma Aba Jifar in game number five of the season for his club opened his scoring for the season.
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Yesterday, the 21-year-old added another two against Dire Dawa to take his tally to four in the last three games, all of which his club has won in moving to within just three points of the top.
Nassir struck his first for the day within the opening quarter-hour and then added his second from the penalty spot just after the hour mark.
With Chiefs monitoring him with the thought of a January transfer move, Nassir will also be hoping to use the platform of the AFCON finals to attract further interest.
He is in the Ethiopian for the Nations Cup tournament in Cameroon (January 9 – February 6) where he will arrive as one of the brightest prospects on the continent.
Last season he scored 29 goals in 22 games on his way to being crowned the league’s top goals scorer, Best Young Player, and the Most Valuable Player.
He was also the CECAFA Under-23 Challenge Best Player.
However, with questions marks about the standard of the league in Ethiopia, he was also brave enough to show the same form against Bafana Bafana during the World Cup qualifiers.
Chiefs are weighing up the option of bringing Nassir in January or waiting until the end of the season when a conclusive decision will have also been made on Leonardo Castro and Samir Nurkovic.
Zambian forward Lazarous Kambole is already out of favour and will leave at the end of the season if there is no way out in January.