MUTARE – Jacob Muzokomba single-handedly took down Triple B with the rabid rage of a wounded Buffalo by scoring a deserved hat-trick in the Mutare soldiers 5-1 Castle Premiership win at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.
It was a sweet victory for Watungwa Watungwa since they had lost 4-2 to the same opponents two weeks earlier away in Beitbridge.
“It was an embarrassing loss for us but we managed to play as a team on Sunday and took advantage of the opportunities that came our way early in the game,” Muzokomba told the Daily News.
“We wanted to revenge what they did against us last week and we managed to take advantage of the early opportunities we got.”
Captaining the army side, Muzokomba was at his predatory best in the league to date as this was his first hat-trick in the premiership.
The former Lancashire Steel and Highlanders midfielder-cum-forward had an accurate strike rate netting his treble from five attempts at goal.
“I’ve been a midfielder since and have this season been converted to a striker and it seems to be working,” Muzokomba revealed.
Scoring as early as the second minute in the first Buffaloes raid on Triple B by pouncing on the ball in a goal-mouth scramble following a corner the 26-year-old proved why he is part of the most lethal attacks in the league this season with 28 goals.
After managing only four goals with Hardbody, whom he joined mid-season last season, Muzokomba’s tally is now already at eight in 2013.
The on-form forward has now scored four goals in the last two matches, as he was also on target in that defeat to Tripple B in Beitbridge.
Muzokomba spent a season in Swaziland where he won that country’s Premiership golden boot with 18 goals in 2010 while playing for Manzini Sundowns.
The Watungwa Watungwa skipper showed good anticipation when he netted his second goal against Tripple B by arriving in the box at the right time to head home Simbarashe Nyauzinia’s cross past goalkeeper Prince Dube.
Muzokomba completed his hat-trick in the 76th minute by flicking home past a hapless Dube from a Michael Mageja assist.
“The win was very good for us as it helped us maintain our position on the log,” Muzokomba said.
He now has his sights on winning the top scorer and player of the month awards for July.
“I have started this month well and I hope that if I can add one or two more goals I may stand a chance to be this month’s top-goal scorer. I may even be voted the player of the month,” he said with confidence.
Muzokomba is clearly enjoying the way his career is shaping up with the Mutare soldiers after a frustrating stay in Swaziland where he left in a huff after the club blocked his intended trial stint with South African giants Orland Pirates.