NYASHA Mushekwi could be playing in the lucrative Chinese Super League next season after his club Dalian Yifang moved five points clear of second placed Beijing Renhe in the Chinese League One, with only seven matches remaining.
BY SPORTS REPORTER
The 30-year-old Zimbabwean international, who last played for Zimbabwe at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon early this year, has been in top form, scoring 15 goals to lead Dalian Yifang’s push for promotion to the topflight league.
Two teams will gain promotion to the Super League at the end of the season.
Mushekwi is currently the third highest scorer in the Chinese League, one behind joint leaders Marcelo Moreno Bolivia and Colombian Harold Preciado, who have both scored 20 goals and Ecuador’s Jaime Ayoví (17).
After finishing as the second best scorer in the Chinese League One in his debut season last year, Mushekwi will have a chance to increase his goal tally while further boosting his team’s promotion chances when Dalian Yifang host fellow title challengers Beijing Renhe at the Dalian Sports Center today.
The ex-Djurgadens and KV Oostende striker has been Dalian Yifang’s go-to man upfront this season and is now in his second year in China, having joined from the Brazilians at the beginning of 2016.
Last season Mushekwi ended as the second-highest scorer with 19 strikes as his team finished in fifth place.
The Zimbabwean star finished behind Brazilian hitman Luis Fabiano, who won the Golden Boot with 22 goals to help his club Tianjin Quanjin get crowned the Chinese League One champions.
Mushekwi won the Golden Boot award with CAPS United in 2009 with 21 goals before moving to South African side Mamelodi Sundowns where he scored 40 goals in 53 starts.
He was then loaned out to European sides KV Oostende in Belgium and Swedish club Djurgårdens IF, before eventually moving to Asia.