Nkathas fiery form in SA

JOHANNESBURG Zimbabwean international striker, Kingstone Nkatha, has hit top form in the South African Premiership, where he scored four goals in his last three games in major cup competitions.

Nkatha, who joined stars from Caps FC three years ago, has scored in each of the last three games for his ABSA Premiership side Free State Stars, including a brace in the first round of the NedBank Cup, South Africas premier cup competition.

After scoring one of the Ea Lla Koto lost 4-3 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout last 16, Nkatha grabbed a brace in his clubs 6-1 demolition of lower division side, Tower United two weeks ago.

The Zimbabwe Warriors striker did it again this weekend, when he headed in the equaliser, as his side rallied to beat Ajax Cape Town on penalties in a NedBank Cup second round fixture, played at the Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch, Saturday afternoon.

Stars went on to win 4-2 on penalties to progress to the quarterfinals of the competition, which carries a winners prize of R6 million and a ticket to represent South Africa in the CAF Confederations Cup.

This rich vein of form has cemented Nkhathas place in the team, following a disappointing performance in the 2007/08 season, which saw the player being loaned out to Stars feeder team Carara Kicks, in the Coastal stream of the National First Division last year.

The 23-year-old Zimbabwean born striker returned to Stars after putting on a sterling show and emerging the top goal scorer for the 2008/ 09 season.

The club won their stream and qualified for the play-offs, but although Nkatha scored for them in the second leg of the play-offs, they were booted out following a brace by another Zimbabwean Evans Gwekwerere, which saw Jomo Cosmos sail through.

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