Nyasha Mushekwi, the new Mamelodi Sundowns striker, made a dream start for his South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) club on Saturday night when he scored his club's two goals in their victory over Moroka Swallows in Sundowns' opening league match in Pretoria.
The Zimbabwean international striker was only introduced into the match by coach Antonio Habbas Lopez in the first half, following a barren first half. Sundowns had dominated Swallows in the first half, but their strikeforce of Richard Henyekanye and Katlego Mphela lacked clinical finishing in front of goals. Lopez sought to change this by introducing Mushekwi and Surprise Moriri in the second half.
Mushekwi, who joined Sundowns from Zimbabwe's CAPS United in July, first scored with a well-taken header in the 74th minute.
Matthew Pattison, who has been in scintilating form for Sundowns since last season, made a perfect delivery from the corner, with Mushekwi rising to emphatically plant the header beyond Aubrey Mathibe's reach. The Swallows keeper had kept Downs at bay on several occasions in the first half.
The Swallows keeper had no answers to the striking genius of the former CAPS striker, who is currently in camp with the Zimbabwean Warriors who will be travelling to Monrovia for a date with Liberia in their opening AFCON 2012 qualifying fixture.
The imposing striker Mushekwi was back to torment Mathibe in the 86th minute when he beat the Swallows defence with speed and skill to fire home his and Downs' second goal of the night with his left foot.
If there were still any doubts about Mushekwi's ability to score goals, the striker proved that his earlier strike was no fluke when he demonstrated why he is a feared striker in African competitions, with another clinical finish to become an early contender for a Golden Boot winner in the 2010/2011 season in South Africa's PSL.
Mushekwi finished as the Golden boot winner in the Zimbabwean PSL last season, leading to a scramble for his signature by South African clubs, with Sundowns emerging the winner in the race to sign the deadly marksman.
The Zimbabwean striker was also a leading goal scorer in the CAF competitions, the CHAN and CAF Confederation cup before he moved to South Africa. His goal scoring ability is proven. He is a young striker, who at 22, still has many good years ahead of him. Mushekwi is blessed with great physique, good height and has an incredible eye for goal.