And with Moeketsi Sekola of Free State Stars walking away with the top goalscorer award after netting only 14 goals the entire season last season, the strikers continue to be under the scrutiny this season. It’s been a promising start by the front men though so far this season, but can they score at least 20 goals? Khaya Ndubane gives his verdict on his top five strikers so far this season.
Few would have predicted that Nxumalo would be leading the Absa Premiership scoring charts after he was deemed surplus to requirements by SuperSport United at the end of last season. The 25-year-old striker has however risen to the occasion under the tutelage of coach Roger de Sa. His goalscoring prowess for the Urban Warriors has already earned him the PSL Player of the Month award for August. And following an epileptic attack that led him to being admitted in hospital ahead of the MTN8 semi-final clash against Bidvest Wits, Nxumalo looks set to add to his three league goals tally.
The Zimbabwean striker has always proven his worth whenever given the chance to lead the Mamelodi Sundowns attack by coach Pitso Mosimane. Malajila was joint fourth with Kermit Erasmus on the PSL top goalscorers list last season, just four goals shy of the eventual winner Moeketsi Sekola of Free State Stars. He will be looking to go one better this season by winning the top goalscorer’s award. He has begun well this season by scoring two in his first four appearances for the Brazilians and is one goal behind Prince Nxumalo.
With two goals and one assist in four league matches for Platinun Stars, Rodgers is proving to be a key member of Cavin Johnson’s team. After failing to score against his former team Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic in his first two appearances for Dikwena, Rodgers has now netted two goals in two matches for Stars. He scored the second goal in Stars’ 2-0 win against Golden Arrows and also netted the winner against Jomo Cosmos. The 30-year-old striker is also one goal behind Prince Nxumalo in the PSL top goalscorers list.
At 33, Paulse is proving once again that age is nothing but a number when it comes to football. The lanky striker has netted three goals in three appearances in all competitions for the Urban Warriors this season. He came on as a late substitute against Maritzburg United, but still managed to score in the 3-1 win over the Team of Choice. He also scored the opening goal in Ajax’s 2-1 win against Polokwane City on Saturday evening, and scored a decisive penalty against Bidvest Wits in the MTN8 semifinal, second leg.
The 27-year-old New Zealand-born striker has played every minute of SuperSport United matches this season, a clear indication of his importance to the team. Brockie has so far scored two goals in all competitions for Matsatsantsa a Pitori – one in the MTN8 against Bidvest Wits and one in the league against Black Aces. Last season Brockie scored seven league goals in only 14 appearances for SuperSport and with that goalscoring record, one cannot rule him out of the race for the PSL top goalscorer award this season.