THE just concluded Castle Lager Premier Soccer League 2021-2022 season produced a total of 590 goals of which 254 were scored in the first half of the season while 330 were recorded in the second stanza of the campaign.
Of the 590 goals, 12 were own goals while six were boardroom goals.
It was a season that saw Caps United’s William Manondo scoop the Golden Boot Award with 17 goals under his belt, a stellar performance that saw him outdo a total of 182 scorers in the league in this campaign.
Manondo, Walter Musona (FC Platinum) Delic Murimba (Ngezi Platinum), Eli Ilanga (Black Rhinos), Brian Muza (Chicken Inn), Lynoth Chikuhwa (Highlanders), Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya (FC Platinum) and Emmanuel Paga (Dynamos) were the EIGHT players out of 182 scorers that managed to get to double digits in a race where a total of 612 matches were played.
Of the eight players cited, five, Manondo, Musona, Muza, Ilanga, Murimba were last Friday voted among the country’s 11 Soccer Stars of the Year.
Twenty-three players concluded the season on a goal bracket of between five (5) and nine (9) while 151 footie stars fell on a bracket of between one (1) strike and four (4) strikes.
Eventual title winners FC Platinum, who have done it four times on the trot, scored the most goals (52) and conceded the least (14) to finish on a +38 goal difference.
After letting in 17 goals, Dynamos who finished on position three, 17 points from Pure Platinum Play and five (5) points adrift from first runners-up Chicken Inn, proved to be the second club with a mean rearguard.
After picking the ball 63 times from the back of the net, Whawha had the most porous backline. They were followed by Tenax CS who conceded 55 times. Bulawayo City let in 42 goals while Harare City were scored on 32 occasions.
It was no wonder that the four above-mentioned clubs were relegated to the lower division of Zimbabwean football paving way for new boys Sheasham, Simba Bhora, Hwange and GreenFuel.