Yanga forward eyes 2021/22 Premier League golden boot prize

20Jun 2022
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Yanga forward eyes 2021/22 Premier League golden boot prize

​​​​​​​YANGA striker Fiston Mayele has said he had two goals in this season's NBC Premier League, namely steering his outfit to clinching the top-flight's top honour and winning the showdown's golden boot prize. 

Yanga attaker Fiston Mayele.

The Jangwani Street club had missed out on the domestic top-flight top honour for four successive seasons.

Mayele said he had, last season, ended as DR Congo Premier League's top goal scorer after posting 14 goals and, once he joined Yanga, he was determined to achieve the feat.

The Congolese goal-getter revealed he is thankful he has netted more than 14 goals in this season's Premier League as the forward has now scored 16 goals.

Mayele pointed out the achievement makes him think he is more likely to win the league's top scorer award.

He said Yanga has already reached the goal of winning the top-flight top honour that the outfit had missed for four seasons.

"My first goal was to score 14 goals, I have achieved it and what is left in front of me is to be the top scorer and take this award which I have made clear I want,'' Mayele stated.

"The competition for this award between me and either George Mpole or other players is great as they are also strong and excellent in fulfilling their goal-scoring responsibilities," he said.

The player disclosed: "There were times when I had challenge notching goals in more than three matches. It was a lot of pressure on me even though I calmed down and believed I would get past the situation and I succeeded."

The attacker pointed out: "I have already trained Yanga fans to celebrate goals whenever I score, playing many matches without scoring is not good for me and the team."

Mayele explained his goal celebration, saying when he taps his left wrist, it means the time for scoring a goal has come, and shaking his shoulders is just a joke.

The footballer noted this season top-flight is not easy as it is his first, adding he has faced a lot of competition from all teams his side has taken on.

He said there are excellent players in the Yanga squad, ranging from those who get a chance to play to the ones that are on the bench.

The attacker pointed out that every player has fought to achieve the goal of winning the top-flight title.

"After celebrating Premier League triumph we are left with one tough task ahead, seeing to it we fight to win the Azam Sports Federation Cup final and I believe we can do this,'' Mayele, currently the league's joint-leading goal scorer with 16 goals, revealed.

Simba SC skipper John Bocco was last season's Premier League top scorer having netted 16 goals.

With three outings left, Yanga's Mayele has already surpassed Bocco's feat.

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