Nomvete netted 15 times in 25 appearances for Amaglug-glug between 1997 and 2000, but ‘Drogba’ has matched that record – and in only 14 matches!
And with the eight nations qualification tournament for the 2012 London Olympics set for December, he looks certain to go well past that record.
The next player on the scorers list is another former Pirates star, the late Lesley Manyathela, who scored nine goals in 15 games, the same number as Daniel Matsau, who took 27 games to reach that mark.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ Lebohang Mokoena scored eight goals for the national Under-23, along with Quinton Fortune, to round out the top five on the scorers list.
The first-ever scorer for the Under-23s was Randall Borman, who netted in a 1-1 draw with Angola in November 1994. That was the team’s third-ever match; their two, against Ghana and the Angolans again, finished 0-0.
The first player to net a hat-trick for the side was former Manning Rangers striker George Koumantarakis, who scored all three goals in a 3-2 success over Kenya in April 1996. He scored five goals in all for the side in 12 games.