Mbesuma advises Gabadinho, Nurkovic


Legendary striker Collins Mbesuma knows all about scoring and has weighed in on the 2019/20 Absa Premiership Golden Boot race.

The University of Pretoria star has won the award twice in the PSL era having netted more than 100 goals playing for various clubs in the local game.

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The Zambian first won it in the 2004/05 campaign when he scored 25 league goals for Kaizer Chiefs and then again in the 2014/15 season when he banged in 14 goals for unfancied Mpumalanga Black Aces.

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At the moment Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango leads the scoring chart with 14 goals but he is followed closely by Kaizer Chiefs' red-hot marksman Samir Nurkovic and Highlands Park dangerman Peter Shalulile, who are both tied on 13.

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Mbesuma, whose 25 goals in a single league season for Amakhosi remains a PSL record, says all three players should not put themselves under unnecessary pressure.

"I just wish the best man wins, I think it looks tight now hey," Mbesuma tells KickOff.com.

Mbesuma touched on Mhango, who has not scored since the season resumed.

"You know in football you can go without scoring for a few games then you get that one chance then you start you know. Like Mhango, he can't put himself down, he just has to keep cool and think about the next game.

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"When he gets one he will find his form again, every striker goes through that you know. They've got a few games left, he can pick up you know. But it's tight I mean everyone should be on their toes now.

"So there's big pressure. Football is a team sport you understand. You can't think about yourself, you have to think about the team first. I think the strikers like Nurkovic, Mhango... you don't have to put yourself under pressure.

"First you have to play a game, you can't score without playing. You have to play a game first and goals will come. First you have to think for the team, then yourself. The time you start thinking about yourself, then you are killing yourself."

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'Ntofontofo' was asked if the players concerned should start taking every set-piece including penalties to boost their confidence.

"[Laughs] It depends how you feel at that moment you know, that's why you can't put yourself under pressure," he replies.

"What I know is there are free-kick takers in the team, penalty-takers... but if you feel like 'haa no I need to take this one' you will take it you know. But me, what I know is as a striker, you need to take penalties."

Today Nurkovic will get a chance to increase his tally when the Glamour Boys visit Bloemfontein Celtic at Tuks Stadium (18h00).

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