By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
IT is almost a decade since Collins “Ntofontofo” Mbesuma set a new record as the highest scoring player
since the inception of the Absa Premiership back in 1996 with 35 goals.
This after the Zambian international arrived in the country for the 2004/05 season at the age of 19 to join
Kaizer Chiefs where he became a hot property in the league, breaking Fanie Madida’s long time record of
34 combined as both the league and cup goals which he set back in 1991.
Since Mbesuma’s 35 goals, 25 in the league games while the other 10 came from cup games during that
2004/05 season, the PSL strikers have been firing blank and none of them has managed to challenge his
record…so disappointing that the Golden Boot Awards recipient in the past nine years could even go past
the 20 goals mark, however James Chamanga (Moroka Swallows then) and Richard Hanyekani (then with
Golden Arrows) came closer with 19 goals each in 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons respectively.
As you are reading this piece, the current leading goal-scorer currently is Chiefs’ Bernard Parker who has
been stuck on a mere 10 goals for some time now, and with only four league matches remaining before
we can witness the dawn of the current season which comes to an end on May 10-the players who are
challenging the top scorer award will need a bucket full of goals or more than a miracle to reach the 20
Parker took a lead last season but only to be overtaken by Katlego “Mahoota” Mashego who swapped
clubs from Moroka Swallows to Mamelodi Sundowns before he could lift the honours with 13 goals. Mahoot
(7 goals) has since been ruled out of the race, owing it to the injury that pushed him to watch from the
grand-stands as his teammates battle it out.
Challenging Parker on the Top Goal-Scorer Award is his teammate Knowledge Musona, Bloemfontein
Celtic’s Frank Mhango and Moroka Swallows’ Edward Manqele who have each rattled the net eight times.
Seven more players stand an outside chance to Challenge the award with seven goals each. The players
in question who have scored seven goals each are Puleng Tloleng (Polokwane City), Atusaye Nyondo
(AmaTuks), Sibusiso Vilakazi, Sthembiso Ngcobo (both BidVest Wits), Thandoyise Khuboni (Golden
Arrows), Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars) and Katlego Mashego (Mamelodi Sundowns).
The previous Absa Premiership’s Top Goal-Scorer Award recipients in the past 10 years are are Jacky
“Mama’s Baby” Ledwaba in 2003/04 (14 goals, AmaZulu), Collins Mbesuma in 2004/05 (25 goals, Kaizer
Chiefs), Mame Niang in 2005/06 (14 goals, Moroka Swallows), Chris Katongo in 2006/07 (14 goals, Jomo
Cosmos), James Chamanga in 2007/08 (19 goals, Moroka Swallows), Richard Hanyekani in 2008/09 (19
goals, Golden Arrows, Katlego “Killer” Mphela in 2009/10 (17 goals, Mamelodi Sundowns), Knowledge
Musona in 2010/11 (15 goals, Kaizer Chiefs), Katlego Mashego in 2012/13 (13 goals, Mamelodi