The Moses of our time and his 53 Zanaco goals
It’s no surprise that Moses Phiri was a man of the match during Zanaco’s 2-1 painful loss to Zesco United in a week 21 MTN/FAZ Super League and he has now beaten Winston Kalengo’s goals record in a Zanaco jersey.
Before that match, Moses Phiri had an equal number of goals with Winston Kalengo that was standing at 52 goals. A beautiful powerful free-kick that went past Ian Otieno made him the new Zanaco all-time top goalscorer with 53 goals in all competitions.
Moses Phiri made his debut for Zanaco in 2011 and his first goal came in week 3 in a 2-0 away win against Kabwe Warriors. In his first season, he scored 7 goals in a team that had Makundika Sakala and Aubrey Funga in the attack. Zanaco ended a disappointing 8th that season though.
In 2012 Moses scored 7 Goals as Zanaco won the ZSL. He scored his last goal of the season against Nkana FC at Arthur Davies as Zanaco won the game 3-1 to bank their 6th title and the first-ever title for Moses in the Bankers colors.
In 2013 Moses left for Israel and attended trials for some months before returning to Zanaco and that made him miss out on Zanaco’s CAF Champions League Campaign against Mbabane Swallows and Orlando Pirates. He returned later on in the year and scored his first goal in Round 24 in a 2-2 draw with Napsa Stars. He scored 3 goals in the 2013 season.
In the 2014 season, he recorded his highest goal tally yet when he scored 10 goals and in 2015 he scored 11 goals with his last goal of the season coming in the last fixture with a 4-0 bashing of Zesco United, putting up a splendid man of the match performance.
After the end of the 2015 season, Moses left Sunset stadium when he joined Portuguese outfit Academico de Viseu and made him not part of the team that won the 2016 league, 2017 Barclays (ABSA) cup, and 2019 Charity Shield.
He made his return to ZSL in 2019 this time around it was at Ndola outfit Buildcon and in January 2020 made his way back to Sunset Stadium after penning a 2 year deal with Zanaco. Upon re-joining the bankers, he scored only 2 goals, one against his former employers Buildcon and one against Red Arrows in the 2019/2020 season.
In the 2020/2021 season which is currently underway, Moses Phiri’s week 22 goal against Zesco United over the weekend makes it 10 goals for him this season and the all-time Zanaco top goalscorer with 53 goals to his name beating Winston Kalengo who is now second with 52 goals.
Moses Phiri is proving to be a good striker who at times plays on the wing and is a good dribbler. He is a type of striker with an ability to fight for the ball, create chances, and score from his resultant effort.
One notable thing about him is that despite receiving some crude tackles from defenders he rarely complains and just gets back to business. He may not be the most accurate of strikers but he packs a shot and he has got a great balance on the ball.
Some of his best goals he scored include the free-kick he netted against Nkana in 2015 as Zanaco beat Nkana for the first time since 2013 and the recent one an emphatic kick he scored against ZESCO United at Sunset Stadium in week 6 in which Zanaco beat Zesco United 3-1.
In total Moses has scored 50 goals for Zanaco in the ZSL and 3 goals in the ABSA Cup, in 2013 against Nchanga Rangers, in 2015 against Nkwazi FC and one goal against Kabwe Warriors in 2021, making 53 goals coming from him, though he is yet to find the back of the net in the CAF Club Competition at any level.
ZSL Goals: 50 (2011 7, 2012 7, 2013 3, 2014 10, 2015 11, 2019/2021 2, 2020/2021 10…)
Absa Cup Goals: 3
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