Yanga striker not worried by goal drought

17May 2022
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Yanga striker not worried by goal drought

YANGA striker Fiston Mayele has insisted he is not overly concerned by his recent lack of goals, saying that this is the kind of run forwards experience in a marathon campaign.

Yanga's attacker, Fiston Mayele (R), seeks to get the better of Dodoma Jiji FC midfielder, Rajab Seif, when the sides met in a 2021/22 NBC Premier League duel played in Dodoma on Sunday. Yanga won 2-0. PHOTO: COURTESY OF YANGA

Congolese international Mayele has been one of the most influential players in the NBC Premier League since completing a move from DR Congo's AS Vita in July 2021.

He has scored 12 league goals and assisted three in his 24 appearances this season.

He has been leading the scoring charts for most of the season. However, he now faces a serious threat in the form of Geita Gold FC striker George Mpole – who bagged his 12th goal of the season last week to go level.

Namungo FC’s Reliants Lusajo also remains just about in the hunt with 10 goals and three assists.

The Yanga forward started against Dodoma Jiji FC on Sunday afternoon but failed to score, extending his scoring drought to four matches— his longest stretch without a goal for his club since his transfer from AS Vita last year.

He had a chance to provide the second goal for Yanga in the 17th minute but skied his header.

Before Sunday, Mayele had not scored against Simba SC, Ruvu Shooting, and Prisons.

His previous longest streak without a Premier League goal this season was two games.

Mayele insisted post-match that his golden boot charge is alive but he is not concerned about his goal tally but rather the success of the team.

The attacker stated: “We had played three games without victory, as Yanga we can’t go four or five games winless if we are to win the league title, I am glad we won.''

Mayele added: ''The goals will come. The golden boot charge is still on, the goals I prioritize team success over individual targets.''

''As a player, I have set targets, team’s success comes first then personal goals. We have won, it gives us the confidence to push on in the remaining six games.”

He believes defenders are no longer giving him as much space as he enjoyed earlier in the campaign.

Mayele disclosed: “I come up under heavy defensive scrutiny in all games. Defenders are motivated to stop me from celebrating. This is only fuelling up my desire to help my team win. The important thing is helping the team.”

The Congolese striker will look to bounce back when Yanga faces relegation-threatened Mbeya Kwanza FC in Dar es Salaam on Saturday before making the trip to Musoma to play Biashara United next week.

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