Sekola, Lamola in Golden Boot race
Posted: 7 May 2015 Time: 09:44
Moeketsi Sekola’s winner for Free State Stars on Wednesday night means he is now level with Bloemfontein Celtic’s Lerato Lamola in the race for the PSL’s top goal-scorer award this season.
Sekola’s 35th-minute strike meant Stars claimed the Free State Derby bragging rights, yet more importantly for the 26-year-old, the goal leaves him tied up with rival striker Lerato Lamola on 13 for the season as they top the PSL goal-scoring charts, with just one match left this campaign.
The duo will still be warily looking over their shoulders however, with Polokwane City’s Puleng Tlolane only two goals behind with 11, while Mamelodi Sundowns forward Cuthbert Malajila and Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus round off the top five with 10 goals apiece – the only other players to have netted double figures in the League this season.
It therefore boils down to the last game of the season to see who will walk away with the coveted prize: Sekola will be hoping to find the back of the net at home to Mpumalanga Black Aces to end off on top, yet Lamola will hope to register his name on the scoresheet against relegation-threatened Moroka Swallows.
Tlolane will need a hat-trick for Rise and Shine against SuperSport United to overhaul his counterparts at the top of the charts, while a hat-trick for Malajila against University of Pretoria or an Erasmus treble at Ajax Cape Town will only be enough to put them level with the current leaders at the summit.
Either way, both Sekola and Lamola have overhauled last year’s top-scorer Bernard Parker, who managed 10 League goals for Kaizer Chiefs last season, yet are a fair way off the last time the 20-goal barrier was broken: in the 2011/12 season, by Moroka Swallows frontman Siyabonga Nomvete.
Recent PSL top-scorers:
2013/14: Bernard parker (Kaizer Chiefs): 10
2012/13: Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows): 13
2011/12: Siyabonga Nomvete (Moroka Swallows): 20
2010/11: Knowledge Musona (Kaizer Chiefs): 15
2009/10: Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns): 17