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PSL leading goal-scorers: Mwape Musonda cracks the 15-goal mark

mwape musondaThis PSL season may not have spotted a flurry of goals as yet, but Black Leopards striker Mwape Musonda is almost a sure bet for the golden boot.

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This article was last updated on 27 April 2019.

The race for the PSL is as tight as ever, with three teams well and truly in it and, in terms of individual glory, the country’s top marksmen are in a battle of their own as they compete for the golden boot.

The local league has, for some time now, not seen a flurry of goals coming in from all directions, and it’s no different again this year, as no one is yet to reach double-figures, despite being over halfway through the season.

The previous campaign saw two players – Percy Tau and Rodney Ramagalela – finish as joint top goal-scorers with 11 goals apiece, and that figure looks likely to be bettered ever so slightly this time around.

The last time a player notched up 20 goals was in the 2011/12 campaign, where a 34-year-old Siyabonga Nomvethe grabbed the golden boot in the colours of Moroka Swallows.

The veteran striker is still active, playing for AmaZulu, but is 18 short of that mark.

There is, however, one man within a long shot of getting there, after the 15-goal mark was cracked for the first time in the 2018/19 season since seven years ago.

Bongi Ntuli (AmaZulu) – 8

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Bonginkosi Ntuli of AmaZulu FC celebrates his goal with Phumlani Gumede of AmaZulu FC during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 game between AmaZulu FC and Golden Arrows at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 22 December 2018 ©Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

Bonginkosi Ntuli has remained the lifeblood of AmaZulu, bagging eight goals in the league so far.

Mothobi Mvala (Highlands Park) – 8

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Mothobi Mvala from Highlands Park FC, man f the match during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 game between Bfn Celtic FC and Highlands Park at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein on 17 December 2018 © Gerhard Steenkamp/BackpagePix

With proven goal-scorers in the likes of Peter Shaulile and Tendai Ndoro in Highlands Park’s books, goals have instead come via an unlikely figure in Mothobi Mvala, who is a contender for the golden boot, despite playing out from the heart of the midfield.

Tshegofatso Mabasa (Bloem Celtic) – 9

It’s been a breakthrough season for 22-year-old Tshegofatso Mabasa, who now has eight goals so far.

Gift Motupa (Bidvest Wits) – 9

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 07: Gift Motupa of Bidvest Wits celebrates his brace during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits at FNB Stadium on August 07, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Gift Motupa finished last season among the league’s leading goal-scorers, while on loan at Baroka from Orlando Pirates.

In the colours of Bidvest Wits, he has notched up eight goals, including four in his last three matches

Mwape Musonda (Black Leopards) – 15 goals

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Mwape Musonda of Black Leopards reacts after missing a goal during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Highlands Park and Black Leopards at the Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa on 09 August 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The Zambian striker flopped at Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows in his previous stint in the PSL, and found himself in the first division with Black Leopards.

In Lidoda Duvha’s return to the top flight, Musonda started out slowly, before an impressive burst, which has seen him bag 15 goals – the first player to do so in the PSL since Nomvethe’s exploits seven years ago.

PSL Top goal-scorers

Mwape Musonda – 15

Gift Motupa – 9

Tshegofatso Mabasa – 9

Mothobi Mvala – 8

Lebohang Maboe – 8

Bongi Ntuli – 8

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