Before yesterday’s league game against visiting Tanzania Prisons played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Kiiza was leading the pack of strikers in the golden boot chase with 18 goals.
Just one goal was enough for him to duplicate the record previously set up by Kenyan Boniface Ambani in the 2008/9 premiership season.
However, Kiiza’s tally was just one goal short of Yanga’s Tambwe who had 17 goals as he chases this season’s award as well.
After playing 21 matches Yanga have attained 50 points with Tambwe contributing exactly one third of the total number of goals scored by the rest of his teammates. Kiiza’s contribution is close to fifty percent of Simba’s 40 goals and the tally stand to rise in the remaining seven rounds of play.
Yanga were not in action during the weekend as they were in Kigali for the first leg tie of the CAF Champions League against hosts APR that ended in their favour with 2-1 goals victory.
The tussle towards the golden boot award has remained a two-horse race as other strikers have been left far apart and they need an improved performance to challenge the duo.
Last year’s award winner Simon Msuva who scored 17 goals is out of sight with paltry single digit number of goals to his collection kit. Previous golden boot award winners include Musa Mgosi, John Bocco, Mrisho Ngasa and Kipre Tcheche.
Tambwe had also won the award during his maiden premiership season with Simba in 2013/14. He crossed over to Yanga during the subsequent season’s mid-season transfer window.