After years of playing in the top-flight of South African football, Bradley Grobler has finally bagged the most coveted gong for strikers – the DStv Premiership Top Goalscorer’s award (popularly known as the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot).
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With 16 strikes in the league, he fended off competition from Mamelodi Sundowns’ Peter Shalulile, who scored a brace on the final day but still fell a single goal short.
Grobler described his triumph as a lifelong dream and told SuperSport United supporters to rest assured that he would dig deeper in his well of goals to produce more next season.
“I am feeling a bit relieved, it has been a dream of mine for as far back as I can remember. For every striker it is a goal and a dream to win the Top Goalscorers’ award. I have been close on a few occasions and haven’t quite got over the line. I am the top goal-scorer and it is a great feeling,” said Grobler.
“I am happy, but at the same time I set a target of 20 goals and I did not get there for various reasons and it is a bit of motivation. I have broken that duck now (of winning the award) and that’s kind of a bit of pressure off my back. There is room for improvement, I want to be better. South Africa needs the 20-goal barrier to be broken and I will push for that,” added Grobler.
“I may have scored 16 goals but I still missed a lot of chances that could have easily taken me over 20 goals. But for a striker to get opportunities it shows that the team is doing well, it means I am doing something right. It means I have to work on taking more chances to get more than 20 goals,” he said, as he committed to become the next player to hit the 20-goal mark since Siyabonga Nomvethe in 2011/12 season for Swallows.
Grobler’s goals helped Matsatsantsa maintain their top-five presence and that left many a SuperSport player quite pleased.
“From a team’s point of view we did well. Halfway through the second half of the season we hit a rocky patch but the coach did a good job helping us to believe in ourselves again and we changed the way we played.”