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ZIMBABWE international forward Cuthbert Malajila has been named the most influential footballer in the first four months of the current 2014-15 South African Premiership.The 29-year-old Mamelodi Sundowns striker was named by the influential Kick-Off football website as the most influential player in Super Diski so far this season.

The website based its analysis on the goals and assists that Malajila has provided, since the current season got underway in August, and noted that the Zimbabwean has pushed all the other footballers into the shade.

Togolese forward, Dove Wome, a Sundowns’ player who is on loan at SuperSport United, was named the second most influential player, so far this season.

Malajila has scored six goals and, provided seven assists for Sundowns, who are in third place in the South African championship race, which is being dominated by Kaizer Chiefs.

Interestingly, the leading three teams in the South African Premiership race — Chiefs, Biest Wits and Sundowns have Zimbabwean players in key areas.

Willard Katsande continues to be the heart and soul of the Chiefs midfield, Onismor Bhasera has been a regular feature for Wits while Malajila and Khama Billiat are key players at Sundowns.

Malajila and Billiat have scored the last three Sundowns goals, in the league, against Free State Stars, which the Pretoria side won 2-0, and against Orlando Pirates on Wednesday, which ended in a 1-1 draw at the Orlando Stadium.

Billiat, who is back from injury, has scored three goals in the last three games for Sundowns after he scored his team’s goal against Pirates.

Kick-Off said Malajila has been the dominant player in the South African Premiership so far this season.

“The former Maritzburg United player has six goals and seven assists in all competitions for Mamelodi Sundowns this season — meaning he has either finished or provided 13 out of 22 goals the Brazilians have scored,” Kick-Off noted in their analysis released yesterday.

Interestingly, Malajila appeared to be on his way out of Sundowns, in the countdown to the beginning of this season in South Africa, after it emerged that the team had not registered him for the 2014-15 campaign.

However, Sundowns later decided to register him, among their five foreign players, and in September he made the starting XI of the team, for the first time in four months, and scored twice in the win against Amazulu.

Another Zimbabwean striker, Nyasha Mushekwi, is back training with the Sundowns’ first team after recovering from injury, but is hoping for a move away from the club in the January transfer window.

Mushekwi picked up a knee ligament injury during a loan spell at Belgian outfit KV Oostende last season, and was not registered by Sundowns due to the foreign quota limitation.

“Nyasha remains a Sundowns player and is training with the first team since recovering from his injury,” Sundowns communications co-ordinator, Thulani Thuswa, said.

Reports suggest Sundowns want to entice Mushekwi into a new deal which stretches beyond his current contract running out in June, before allowing him to leave in January, preferably on loan.

Meanwhile, Method Mwanjali remains in the dark at Sundowns and could be on the move out of the club next month.

Mwanjali was pushed to train alone in the gym after failing to clinch a move away from the club prior to the closure of the previous transfer window after it became apparent that he was not in the plans for this season.

“The instruction from the club is that he must train in the gym so he is pushing hard in that regard because he knows that he has to keep himself ready for a move away,” a source told Kick-Off.

“It is a really frustrating situation because he is training alone but he is going the extra mile.”

Most Influential Players in the South African Premiership:

Cuthbert Malajila

13 – The former Maritzburg United player has six goals and seven assists in all competitions for Mamelodi Sundowns this season — meaning he has either finished or provided 13 out of 22 goals the Brazilians have scored.

Dove Wome and George Lebese

10 – The second-most productive players this season in all competitions are SuperSport United attacker Dove Wome (8 goals, 2 assists) and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Lebese (5 goals, 5 assists).

Thuso Phala, Puleng Tlolane, Mandla Masango, Reneilwe Letsholonyane

9 – SuperSport’s Thuso Phala has been directly involved in the conversion of nine goals for his team (3 goals, 6 assists) along with Polokwane City striker Puleng Tlolane (7 goals, 2 assists) and Chiefs duo Mandla Masango (6 goals, 3 assists) and Reneilwe Letsholonyane (7 goals, 2 assists).

Top Scorers (all competitions)

Dove Wome (SuperSport United) – 8

Puleng Tlolane (Polokwane City) – 7

Ndumiso Mabena (Platinum Stars) – 7

Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs) – 7

Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs) – 6

Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars) – 6

CUTHBERT MALAJILA (Mamelodi Sundowns) – 6

Kermit Erasmus (Orlando Pirates) – 6

Lehlohonolo Majoro (Orlando Pirates) – 6

Top Assists (all competitions)

CUTHBERT MALAJILA (Mamelodi Sundowns) – 7

Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs) – 6

Thuso Phala (SuperSport United) – 6

George Lebese (Kaizer Chiefs) – 5

Daine Klate (Orlando Pirates) – 5

Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates) – 5

Jabulani Shongwe (Biest Wits) – 5

Onyekachi Okonkwo (Black Aces) – 5. — Sports ReporterKick-Off.

Source : The Herald