Award for Matema

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The 25-year-old collected a cheque for about R3 000 for his 12 goals, on a day when his former striker partner, Obadiah Tarumbwa, was named the club's Player of the Year.

Matema's half-season efforts were not enough to see Highlanders claim the title, as a mid-season slump saw them finish second in the League behind fierce rivals Dynamos.

Having finished top scorer in the League last year, Matema appeared to be well on his way to retaining that title before his departure to Pirates halfway through the season.

Despite leaving at the end of June, Matema had already gone into double figures and it took another four months before he was knocked off the top of the country's scorer list by the remaining strikers in the country.

Matema finished just three goals behind the eventual Zimbabwe top marksman Kingstone Nkatha, who is certain to be making a move abroad in the New Year.

Matema – who has had an injury prone spell since arriving at Pirates – only scored his first goal for his new club on Saturday evening in the 1-1 draw with Free State Stars – five months after he joined Bucs.