BALAKASI TARGETS PSL GOLDEN BOOT

Bruce Chikuni

SIMBA Bhora forward, Tinashe Balakasi, has his eyes fixed on winning the PSL Golden Boot award.

He is now just two goals behind Bulawayo Chiefs’ Obriel Chirinda, who has 11 goals, in the race for the top scorer’s gong.

His goals have eased Simba Bhora’s relegation worries.

If everything goes well, Balakasi will also write his own piece of history in Zimbabwean football for claiming the Golden Boot in three consecutive seasons in different leagues.

He netted 25 times when Simba Bhora acquired their ZIFA Northern Region Division One status, scored 29 goals last season to power the miners into the top-flight league.

With five games to play, before this season ends, and Balakasi is backing himself to score, at least, four goals.

He revealed to Zimpapers Sport how he has turned things around.

“It was a difficult start for me because many changes took place at the club and I had to fight for my place.

“A new team was assembled and it took me time to connect with my teammates and gradually we started knowing each other well.

“It’s just unfortunate that the period lasted longer but the good thing is we are now in the same lane, goals are coming and we still have a lot of work to do for us to consider ourselves safe from relegation,” said Balakasi.

He hailed the team’s fans for being in his corner during his dark hours.

“I owe everything to these fans, they make me feel special and it really hurts me they have been made to wait until next season so they can get to have a taste of PSL in Shamva.

“It’s something which I’m also appealing to the team’s president Simba “Buju” Ndoro to work on because if it was not for them (fans), we could have not walked this distance.

“I have faith that our boss will do everything in his power to make sure that we play our home fixtures in Shamva next season,” he said.

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