Mamelodi Sundowns forward Peter Shalulile is cruising at a faster pace than Collins Mbesuma in his bid to break the Zambian’s long-standing record of 25 league goals.
Shalulile has reached the 22 league goals mark and needs another three from the three matches remaining against Kaizer Chiefs, Stellenbosch, and Royal AM to match Mbesuma’s haul from the 2004/05 season.
In comparison with Mbesuma, Shalulile has the edge in terms of goals scored at this stage of the season with three games remaining.
With three games to go in the 2003/04 season, Mbesuma had 21 goals after scoring a brace in game number 27 of the season against Moroka Swallows.
Shalulile has 22 after 27 league games.
For Mbesuma, he then scored two in the 28th league match.
His goals in that match included a late penalty as Chiefs came from behind to win 4-3 against Bush Bucks in what remains one of the classical PSL games to this day.
Mbesuma wasn’t on the scoresheet in the second last game of that season against SuperSport United but came back to smash yet another double at Bloemfontein Celtic as the curtain closed for the season.
In reaching 25 goals, the Zambian scored two penalties, two hat-tricks, and six braces and unlike Shalulile who has featured in every game missed two games that season.
Just like Shalulile now, Mbesuma was also a league winner that year.
Shalulile has two hat-tricks, three braces, hasn’t scored from the penalty spot, and will also be the favourite to win the PSL Player of the Year award in addition to the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot.
"Peter just wants to play football. He is committed to his work and when he is this close you will wish as a coach that Peter can achieve these ultimate targets because he has done well thus far.
"For him to go as far and maybe matching that record will be very good because I think he has really served us as Sundowns very well and we are proud of him," says Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi.