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Collins Mbesuma within touching distance of PSL top goalscorer

Posted: 28 September 2016 Time: 08:50

Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma last night became one step closer to becoming the PSL top goalscorer of all time, after reaching the 100-goal mark.

The 32-year-old is the fifth player to have notched up a 100 goals, and the only player still active in the PSL to have reached the milestone in the colours of a local top flight club.

The stocky forward did so with a trademark left foot finish as his club Highlands Park played out a 1-1 draw with Cape Town City at Makhulong Stadium on Tuesday night.

With that goal ‘Ntofontofo’ moved even closer to the current all-time PSL top scorer Siyabonga Nomvete’s tally of 119 goals.

Nomvete – who turns 39 this year – is now playing first division football for AmaZulu and will need to return to the PSL if he is to add on to his record tally.

Mbesuma is behind Nomvete (119), Daniel Mudau (108), Mabhuti Khenyeza (106) and Manuel ‘Tico-Tico’ Bucuane (104) in the standings of all-time top scorers in the PSL era.

Nomvethe and Khenyeza are the only other two players on the list to have reached a century of goals and still be playing, with both of them turning out for Usuthu in the NFD.

Mbesuma scored his first goal way back, on 6 March 2004, when he netted in a 3-1 win over Black Leopards in his Kaizer Chiefs debut. He went to score 37 goals in 46 starts with The Galmour Boys.

Along the way Mbesuma also spent three years battling to cope in Europe before returning to the PSL in 2008.

He has also played for Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows, Golden Arrows, Orlando Pirates, Mpumalanga Black Aces before joining Highlands Park at the beginning of this season.

Mbesuma still holds the record for most league goals scored in a single season, after banging in 25 during the 2004/05 campaign for Chiefs.

Season Club  Starts  Goals
03/04 Kaizer Chiefs 4 2
04/05 Kaizer Chiefs 42 35
08/09 Mamelodi Sundowns 12 5
09/10 Moroka Swallows 17 3
10/11 Golden Arrows 18 11
11/12 Golden Arrows 25 10
12/13 Orlando Pirates 24 10
13/14 Orlando Pirates 4 1
14/15  MP Black Aces 28 6
15/16 MP Black Aces 26 14
16/17 Highlands Park 4 3
 Totals   204 100
Article by: Lovemore Moyo
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