Khenyeza eclipses Sundowns legend
Posted: 12 March 2018 Time: 12:30
AmaZulu striker Mabhuti Khenyeza moved into second place on the all-time PSL top scorers' charts after netting with a glancing header in Usuthu's Nedbank Cup defeat to Ubuntu Cape Town.
Khenyeza took his tally to 109 goals, one more than retired forward Daniel Mudau.
Though Mudau bagged 180 goals in his topflight career, 72 of them came before the PSL era started in August, 1996.
Only goals scored in the PSL era are considered in these statistics.
‘Mambush’ struck seven goals on loan at Ratanang Mahlosiane (1992) from Mamelodi Sundowns and then when he returned the next year went on to score 173 in the colours of The Brazilians prior to retiring a few months before turning 35 in 2003.
At the start of the PSL in 1996 he already had 65 goals to his name in Sundowns colours.
Khenyeza’s teammate at Usuthu Siyabonga Nomvete remains the PSL's all-time scorer with 121 goals to his name despite the fact that he spent almost eight years of his career in Europe.
The goals that Nomvete scored in the First Division over the last two seasons have not been factored in this total just like those he scored in the second tier with African Wanderers in the 1996-97 season.
The only other players to surpass the 100-goals mark in the PSL era are Manuel ‘Tico-Tico’ Bucuane (104) and Collins Mbesuma (103).
Khenyeza – who turns 36 in June – has spent his entire professional career in South Africa. He started out at Golden Arrows and then moved to Kaizer Chiefs, Ajax Cape Town, Sundowns, SuperSport United, Ajax, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Arrows and lastly AmaZulu.
He surpassed the 100-goals mark back in September 25, 2013 when playing for Black Aces, while his first ever goal was on December 4, 2002 against Ajax while turning out for Arrows.
The veteran forward has three goals to his name this season.
All the goals he scored in the First Division in recent years are not part of his grand total as it is only goals scored while contracted to a PSL club that were considered.