Who will walk away with the ‘golden boot’? PSL top scorers (last five seasons):

2015-05-07 06:00

Lerato Lamola of Bloemfontein Celtics has firmly entered the PSL Golden Boot race after scoring his 10th goal recently.

PHOTO: BACKPAGEPIX Lerato Lamola of Bloemfontein Celtics has firmly entered the PSL Golden Boot race after scoring his 10th goal recently.

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FORMER PSL Golden Boot winners and influential South African soccer figures feel the race for golden prize is getting hotter and will become interesting towards the end of the season.

Former winners such as Collins Mbesuma, Siyabonga Nomvete and George Dearnaley this week told Echo that it “was not over until is over” as it is not clear yet who will win.

Mbesuma, who won it with Kaizer Chiefs during his early career in South African soccer, says it takes a lot of team effort and commitment from a striker to eventually win it.

“It’s not an ordinary situation or campaign. You need to stay focused, fit, on form and out of injuries for the entire season.

“You also need the whole team to be behind you all the way. Eish, at the moment I am not too sure who will take it at the end of the season, but I can tell you it will be interesting in the final stages of the season. All the top scorers stand a good chance of winning,” said Mbesuma.

Nomvete says he wishes the high scorers good luck because it’s tough to stay up there.

“I really wish them all the best. To be among the best it takes a lot from tplayers and demands 100% concentration and commitment from the player and his team-mates.”

Durban-born and former AmaZulu striker Dearnaley says strikers need to be “greedy and always hustle” around the box in all matches.

“To win the golden boot you need to be a mad player and always itchy to score. You also need to always be around the box and hunt for scoring opportunities,” he said.

Last weekend the race for the golden boot took another twist when Bloemfontein Celticand#039;s Lerato Lamola became the latest man to hit the 10-goal mark in the Absa Premiership at the weekend.

Lamola helped Celtic salvage a 2-2 draw with University of Pretoria by netting a 58th-minute equaliser at Free State Stadium on Sunday.

The ex-Roses United attacker joined Mamelodi Sundowns’ Cuthbert Malajila, Free State Stars’ Moeketsi Sekola and Puleng Tlolane of Polokwane City at the top of the scoring charts.

Orlando Pirates strikers Lehlohonolo Majoro and Kermit Erasmus are one goal off the pace, as is AmaTuks’ Geofrey Massa.

Malajila also impressively leads the pack in the assists column, providing 10 telling passes for his team-mates.

Sekola has two assists, as does Tlolane, while Lamola has one.

Fourteen of the 16 top-flight clubs have six league games left, with Sundowns and Platinum Stars having a match in hand each.

Last season Kaizer Chiefs’ Bernard Parker won the Lesley Manyathela award with 10 goals.

2013/14: Musona 16 total, Parker 10 League.

2012/13: Parker 14 total, Mashego 13 League.

2011/12: Nomvete 20 total, Nomvete 20 League.

2010/11: Musona 20 total, Musona 15 League.

2009/10: Mphela 17 total, Mphela 17 League

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