'PSL foreigners are just more hungry'


Two-time Golden Boot winner Collins 'Ntofontofo' Mbesuma believes the difference between foreign and local strikers is hunger.

Namibian international Peter Shalulile and Malawian dangerman Gabadinho Mhango ended the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season as joint-top scorers after netting 16 goals each.

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Percy Tau and Rodney Ramagalela were the last South Africans to lift the Golden Boot after sharing the award in the 2017/18 campaign with 11 goals apiece.

Mbesuma, who won the Golden Boot with Chiefs and Mpumalanga Black Aces, feels the foreign strikers have more desire to get goals than the South Africans.

"No, I think we are just more hungry," Mbesuma tells KickOff.com.

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"There's good strikers even in South Africa. But it comes to a point where it's how much you want it you know. So I think maybe neighbouring countries we want it more you know. I think as a striker you can't beat around the bush you understand? As a striker you have to score goals.

"So I think it's that hunger of scoring, you have to score goals. You know if they buy you as a striker and you are a foreigner, you have to show. You have to score goals. So I think that also counts you know. You have to show for the money they spent to bring you here."

When asked why he thinks the South African strikers are struggling to hit high numbers, Mbesuma said: "Maybe they are too relaxed. Like you said last season it was a foreigner, now again... maybe we are more hungry."

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Since the inception of the PSL in the 1996/97 season, foreign players have won the Lesley Manyathela award 12 times compared to 11 for South African players.

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