Shalulile inches closer to Mbesumas record as Sundowns beat

Thursday, May 5, 2022
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Peter Shalulile Closes in on Mbesuma's Record

Peter Shalulile is closing in on Collins Mbesuma's 17-year-old record and is just one goal away from matching Ntofo-Ntofo's goal haul. The Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach has praised the 17-year-old striker's attitude and goal-scoring prowess.

Shalulile's free-scoring prowess

The striker's free-scoring prowesses have been on display in midweek DStv Premiership action‚ but Shalulile has downplayed the prospect of breaking Collins Mbesuma's long-standing league goal scoring record. Mbesuma is the only player to score 25 league goals in consecutive seasons. Peter Shalulile's hat trick in a 6-0 win over Golden Arrows on Saturday made him the first player to score 20 or more goals in a PSL season. Nomvethe achieved this feat in 2011/12 while playing for the Moroka Swallows. He was recently asked where he wanted to go in football after winning the Real Betis cup. The 22-year-old striker has just three goals away from breaking the former Kaizer Chiefs striker's record. With three games to go‚ the striker can break Mbesuma's record of 25 league goals. Moreover‚ Shalulile has scored nine penalty goals and has made an incredible start to the season.

Kaizer Chiefs legend Mbesuma's comments on Shalulile's goal-scoring prowess

Former Kaizer Chiefs forward Mbesuma's comment on Shalulile's goal-scoring prowess as Sundowns beat Swallows is a highlight of a season that has seen the Namibian striker smash hat-tricks in back-to-back Premiership games. Shalulile has only four goals from the previous game against Swallows but is now on course to break Mbesuma's record of 25 league goals in a season. Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Collins Mbesuma‚ currently playing for Pretoria Callies in the GladAfrica Championship‚ has backed Shalulile to break his record of 25 league goals. The striker is just four goals shy of Mbesuma's record of 25 goals in a Premiership season‚ but Mbesuma believes Shalulile can reach even higher.

Letsoalo's solitary gives him hope of catching up with Shalulile

Peter Shalulile has downplayed the prospect of eclipsing the 25 league goals recorded by Collins Mbesuma in one season. The Mamelodi Sundowns striker scored a hat-trick against Swallows‚ which took his season tally to 14. With six games to go in the Premiership‚ the 27-year-old now has a chance of catching up with the record.

Mamelodi Sundowns' hat-trick hero

Shalulile is edging closer to Mbesuma's record by scoring two goals in the first half of Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Sekhukhune United. The Namibian is now eight goals shy of the club's all-time record. The hat-trick means that he now needs four more goals in his last three DStv Premiership matches to pass the striker. Shalulile‚ who scored in each half and in the referee's extra time‚ now has a goal a match to match Mbesuma's record of 21 league goals. Sundowns‚ meanwhile‚ have one point more to play to claim the DStv Premiership title. On Wednesday‚ they host Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup semi-final. Mamelodi Sundowns coach Kermit Erasmus is a huge admirer of Shalulile and has praised the striker's efforts during the 2020-21 season. Shalulile's consistency has been credited to his training. The striker has also claimed that he is living comfortably off his football earnings. In fact‚ he has a net worth of $300 000. In a game dominated by both teams‚ the treble-chasing Sundowns have been the most dominant in the DStv Premiership since 2006-07. The side has a record-breaking run in this competition‚ with six victories and five losses. However‚ the team has a long way to go to achieve the record. After the win‚ they play their bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup semifinal.

TS Galaxy's win over Orlando Pirates

The former defender came close to tying Mbesuma's record by scoring two goals against TS Galaxy. The Sundowns win takes Shalulile one point closer to Mbesuma's mark in the all-time top scorer list. Galaxy are three points behind the defending champions Baroka FC‚ who host them next weekend. Galaxy are on a good run this season‚ having beaten Kaizer Chiefs to reach the Nedbank Cup last-16 and registering four points in the last two league matches. Nevertheless‚ they still have to play a lot of games to get the required points to make the playoffs. Shalulile's goal was his 22nd in 22 league appearances‚ moving him one away from Mbesuma's record. In the second half‚ Shalulile almost got his 22nd‚ but headed over the crossbar after being picked up by a Motupa cross. After the break‚ two more chances for Shalulile went begging‚ with Mudau firing over the bar before the defender cleared the ball. Shalulile eventually found the back of the net in the 94th minute. Sundowns also gave Pule Maraisane a competitive run after he joined the club in October. Despite his high salary‚ Peter Shalulile is eager to break the record of the Mamelodi Sundowns legend‚ who has a record of 12 goals in 18 games. After a thrilling encounter against SuperSport United in the Pretoria derby‚ the winger explained his impromptu celebration. A goal in a football club is a big deal.

Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot race

Mamelodi Sundowns forward Peter Shalulile is one step closer to breaking Collins Mbesuma's PSL goals record. With a goal against SuperSport United‚ Shalulile has scored twelve goals this season‚ putting him one goal ahead of Grobler. Shalulile explained his celebration after scoring his 12th league goal. Peter Shalulile's tally of 22 league goals is moving him closer to the All-Time record of 25. His tally for the season is already better than that of his nearest rival‚ Victor Letsoalo of Royal AM. Collins Mbesuma's 25 league goals in the 2004/05 season remain the record‚ but Shalulile is on course to break Mbesuma's record. While many deem Mbesuma's goal tally to be unbeatable‚ Shalulile is not alone. His recent hat-trick against Orlando Pirates has increased his chances of tying the record. Shalulile's hat-trick comes as no surprise given his recent form. The Namibian striker has scored a hat-trick in the past three seasons‚ which is also a record. The Namibian striker's goal against Shalulile is the latest example of her hard work. While he isn't the most talented player in the squad‚ she is no doubt putting in long hours to be a part of the team. Her coach Manqoba Mngqithi has also praised Shalulile for her commitment and work ethic.