Malajila for the top prize: Pitso Mosimane

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane this week tipped the Brazilians’ Zimbabwean striker, Cuthbert Malajila, for the Golden Boot award.

Well-done son - Mosimane thanks Malajila
Well-done son – Mosimane thanks Malajila

The Sundowns coach told The Zimbabwean that had Malajila not spent most of his last season on the sidelines, he would have beaten Kaizer Chiefs’ Benard Parker to the top prize.

“Malajila is a typical striker. He cares only about scoring goals and today he was untouchable,” said Mosimane of the man who scored a brace that powered Sundowns to a 2-0 win over Amazulu at Loftus Stadium at the weekend.

“I am really impressed and happy with his performance, especially considering that he is still fresh from injury. Last season, he could have lifted the golden boot award, but was robbed of that by the injury had.”

After a goalless first half, Malajila scored two goals in six minutes, as the reigning Absa Premiership champions bounced back from a 3-0 midweek drubbing by Orlando Pirates.

Malajila was one of the three changes made to that losing side, alongside countryman Kuda Mahachi and South African national team defender Thabo Nthethe.

To get his first goal, he rose well to head Tebogo Langerman’s pin-point cross in at the near-post in the 61st minute and completed his brace six minutes later, when he headed in from close-range, after a sublime outside-of-the-foot cross from Surprise Moriri.

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