TWELVE games into the 2018 Zifa Southern Region Division Two League young starlet Butho Phiri, an Ajax Hotspurs striker tops the goal scoring charts with nine goals to his name.
Despite playing against opponents three and four years older than him the highly touted Phiri (18), a former Nkulumane High School pupil is already being heralded as a future star for club and country.
His eye for goal comes at a time when Castle Lager Premier Soccer League coaches that include Highlanders’ Madinda Ndlovu and Chicken Inn’s Joey Antipas have been on record saying the current crop of strikers lack firepower.
“It’s a young and upcoming star. He has added more value in our team. He is our chief striker and I think if we give him time and appropriate mentoring the boy will go places. There’s so much talent in him and some local clubs in the local leagues have made inquiries on him. The fact that he is scoring for us in a league that comprises formidable sides that include Chicken Inn and Bantu Rovers means a lot,” said Ajax Hotspurs head coach Gugu Hadebe.
Inspired by celebrated Argentina and Barcelona nimble footed forward Lionel Messi, the 18-year-old striker has been enjoying a stellar season for Hotspurs, helping them in their chase for league success and is clearly not letting all the attention get to his head.
Before joining Ajax Hotspurs, Phiri turned out for Santos in the junior ranks.
Mpopoma-based Ajax Hotspurs was previously home to Highlanders trio of Peter Muduhwa, Ozias Zibande and Denzel Khumalo.
Chicken Inn’s fullback Divine Lunga, who is reportedly being chased by a number of South African clubs after doing well in the Cosafa senior men’s challenge, also developed his football skills at Ajax Hotspurs alongside Bulawayo City’s Chrispen Machisi.
Southern Region Division Two Fixtures
Las Palmas vs Emakhandeni (Milton High) White Birds vs CS Distributors (Marisha) Quality Green vs Arenel Movers (Mambo), Bantu Rovers vs Ajax Hotspurs (Gifford) How Mine vs East Rovers (How Mine) Chicken Inn vs Sabona Mzilikazi (Njube Desert), Zenzele Tigers vs Lobengula Stars (B/Fields), Mpopoma Pirates vs FMSA Umguza (Bango)