Harare – Namibia’s top soccer stars – both male and female – have hit a purple patch.
Straight from scoring twice in back-to-back friendlies against Angola in Windhoek, Brave Gladiators captain Zenatha Coleman has returned to rocking the Primera Division Feminina in Spain.
And it is not just her scoring prowess that is catching the eye, so too are her inventive goal celebrations.
Coleman was the destroyer-in-chief when Namibia made light work of Angola and she deservedly walked away with the best player awards in both matches. She has replicated that international form for her Spanish club Sevilla.
She bagged a brace that helped Cristian Toro’s team secure a 3-2 victory over Athletico Madrid last weekend, which was a good recovery from the 2-4 defeat at the hands of Sporting Huelva in a game in which Coleman provided an assist. The victory over Athletico snapped a four-game winless streak for Sevilla.
More impressive was that she came on after half-time for Ana Franco and scored a brace to take her Sevilla tally to six goals in the 23 games.
Sevilla sit eighth on the log with 33 points after 25 games, and their next match is against Rayo Vallecano this weekend.
On the men’s side, Peter Shalulile and Deon Hotto continue to shine in the South African Premier Soccer League for Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates respectively.
After a fine season in Highlands Park colours last year, in which Shalulile netted 16 goals in 30 Premiership games to be crowned joint Golden Boot winner, the 27-year-old Brave Warriors forward was snatched by Mamelodi Sundowns for a reported fee of US$840,000.
The maiden season at Chloorkop has given Shualile a goal return of 16 in 30 games in all competitions. In the PSL, he is third in the race to retain the Golden Boot with nine goals in 18 matches. Not only that, his debut CAF Champions League campaign has seen him find the back of the net thrice in seven matches for the South African giants. In addition, the former Tura Magic forward has provided eight assists across all competitions.
The striker has been rewarded with brand new Hyundai SUV for his form in Sundowns colours, and stats tracker Transfer Market says Shalulile value has risen from US$840,000 to US$1.4 million in just six months.
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Mmanqoba Mngqithi this week described Shalulile as a warrior.
“(He is) very committed to his work, gives his best every training session and it is true that he does extra training sessions and we are aware. He is always worried about his finishing and works very hard with his finishing. He is very committed to his game and he is a soldier you would want to go to war with,” said the gaffer.
At rivals Orlando Pirates, Hotto has been hogging the headlines in both domestic league and CAF Confederations Cup matches.
The 30-year-old joined the Buccaneers from Bidvest for a reported fee of US$1.3 million six months ago, and he is now valued at US$1.5 million after scoring seven times in 34 matches.