Chamanga, who has scored 14 goals this season, has already joined the Chinese outfit and will not appear in another PSL fixture this season.
Free State Stars’ hitman Diyo Sibisi has 12 goals to his credit with two fixtures remaining, but the League sponsors Absa have revealed that there will be no financial incentive if the leading goalscorer fails to pass the 15 mark this season.
Unless Sibisi can net four times in Ea Lla Koto’s remaining games, against Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, then for the first time in the history of the PSL there will be no prize money for the Golden Boot Award winner.
Absa’s decision, made to motivate strikers to put a concerted effort into better finishing, involves a tiered structure to reward the men upfront.
If, at the close of the season, the top scorer has between 15-20 goals he will collect R50 000. If the leading marksman strikes 20-25 goals he pockets R75 000.
Absa have dangled an appetising R100 000 prize if the top scorer has more than 26 goals.
Erwin Isaacs of Santos, Excellent Walaza of Orlando Pirates and Sandile Ndlovu of Moroka Swallows all sit on 10 goals and will each need to score six goals in two matches to get into the financial rewarding bracket.
It is disappointing to note that in the two past seasons the top scorer has not surpassed 16 goals.
Last season Chris Katongo won the award with 15 goals despite having played only the first half of the season while in the 2005/06 season Mame Niang scored just 14 goals to win the award.
Only Kaizer Chiefs’ striker Collins Mbesuma has managed to top the mark with 25 goals during the 2004-05 season. Before the Zambian hitman burst on the scene Jackie Ledwaba topped the list with 14 goals.