Best Foreign Striker - Kanyenda (No. 8)
Posted: 28 July 2015 Time: 20:32
KickOff.com’s Lovemore Moyo is counting down the top 30 foreign strikers to have played in the PSL, with Esau Kanyenda coming in at number 8.
Vitinho (No. 30) - Pepe (No. 29) - Nechironga (No. 28) - Brockie (No. 27) - A Ndlovu (No. 26) - Niang (No. 25) - Amougou (No. 24) - Nkhatha (No. 23) - Mamale (No. 22) - Laffor (No. 21) - Tualibudine (No. 20) - Malajila (No. 19) - Chamanga (No. 18) - Ithier (No. 17) - Gorowa (No. 16) - Mrewa (No.15) -Katongo (No. 14) - Mushekwi (No. 13) - P Ndlovu (No. 12) - Mushangazhike (No. 11) - Torrealba (No. 10) - Ngaduane (No. 9)
8 - Esau Kanyenda
The Black Mamba might have slowed down on his effectiveness of late with his scoring touch also evaporating but that is expected of a man who is almost 33 and in the twilight of his career.
However, the Malawian still remains the guy who is always keen to impress when playing and will always give it his all whenever thrown onto the field.
Based on PSL standards anyone with 43 goals in 92 starts is definitely a huge success story. If you add another 10 that he scored in his first season with Polokwane City while they were still playing in the First Division then you will realise why Kanyenda is so high up on this list. All the 10 goals that he scored as Polokwane earned promotion that season came in games that the club won which is why much of Rise and Shine’s promotion is attributed to him.
His most productive years were obviously at Jomo Cosmos where he was in double figures in both of the seasons that he spent at the club before leaving for Russian club FC Rostov in 2003.
Such was Kanyenda’s effect in his first spell in the PSL at Jomo Cosmos that he scored 18 goals in 28 starts in his first season in South Africa – finishing just one goal shy of winning the PSL Top Goal Scorer award for 2001-02.
By the time Kanyenda left for Russia after Jomo Sono realised he had no choice but to cash in he had smashed 15 in just 16 starts, the kind of numbers will be very difficult to ever match, let alone surpass in the PSL.
He played a crucial role in Ezenkosi’s Coca-Cola Cup success in 2002 scoring four goals in the four matches played in that competition that year.
As of now he will probably rank as Malawian’s finest export to South Africa in the PSL era.
If Kanyenda was six years younger, then he would have still been hitting double figures up every season up to now.
The Black Mamba has been playing for Polokwane City since deciding – three years ago – that he has had enough of the cold in Russia where he spent nine years.
At Polokwane he has shown that he can still be useful with 10 goals in 42 starts over the two years he has spent playing in the PSL with the club.