Foreign stars lead Absa Premiership top scorer race

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from MTHULISI SIBANDA

Johannesburg – As the race to clinch the Absa Premiership
title intensifies, so is the quest by strikers to finish top of the goal
scoring charts.

If current form is anything to go by, a foreign player will finish the
season as the top scorer.

Malawian forward, Gabadinho Mhango, has shot to the top of the charts,
his form in front of goal coinciding with his side, Orlando Pirates,
steadily rising up the log- to fifth position.

Mhango is on 12 goals, two ahead of Kaizer Chiefs’ Serbian hotshot,
Samir Nurkovic.

Nurkovic has been a sensation in his debut season in South Africa. He is
among the major reason why Chiefs are top of the log standings and in a
good position to land their first title since 2012/13.

Bongi Ntuli, also at 10 goals, is the highest scoring South African
striker. Interestingly, his side AmaZulu, have managed a total of eleven
goals. They have the unenviable tag as a one-man team and are
justifiably at the bottom of the 16-team table.

Mhango, Nurkovic and Ntuli are the only players to reach double figures.

Zimbabwean star, Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows) and Namibian counterpart,
Peter Shalulile (Highlands Park), are on nine goals.

The South African pair of Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City) and Bradley
Grobler (SuperSport United) is on seven goals.

Zambian Mwape Musonda of Black Leopards was last season’s top scorer
with 16 goals.

He joined an illustrious list of Zambians including James Chamanga,
Chris Katongo, Dennis Lota (late), and Collins Mbesuma (twice) to win
the top award in South Africa.

Meanwhile, league action resumes on Friday afternoon when Cape Town City
host Leopards at Cape Town Stadium.

Later that evening, third-placed SuperSport United welcome Chippa United
to the Lucas Moripe Stadium, in a battle of two former Zimbabwe
captains, Kaitano Tembo and Norman Mapeza, now at the helm of the two
sides, respectively.

On Saturday, Chiefs will be out to extend their seven point cushion at
the top when they visit Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Stellenbosch will host relegation-haunted Polokwane City at Cape Town
Stadium.

Pirates are back at the Orlando Stadium for a clash with AmaZulu.

In Sunday’s only clash, Baroka will host Maritzburg United.

– CAJ News

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