Cape Town City striker Kermit Erasmus is constantly proving to be the real McCoy in the race for the Absa Premiership Golden Boot award.
Along with Kaizer Chiefs’ hotshot Samir Nurkovic and Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile, Erasmus is among those that have been banging them in in the PSL bio-bubble that had low scoring margins in the opening week.
Erasmus was robbed of what seemed like a legitimate goal in City’s 1-0 defeat to Stellenbosch FC on Thursday. His effort, a trademark lobbed goal, was flagged by the assistant referee for offside.
The strike would have been Erasmus’ third on the trot in as many games.
The Bafana Bafana striker will have another shot at the target to maintain a close gap with Nurkovic and joint leading scorers Gabadinho Mhango and Peter Shalulile. What sets Erasmus apart from the rest is that he has endured a stop-start season due to injuries, but has still managed to pick himself up twice already.
Romeo – he prefers his second name on the back of his jersey – went into the lockdown nursing a hamstring injury that he sustained in his side’s 1-1 draw with Maritzburg United in January.
But thanks to the four-month break in football due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Erasmus recovered in time for the restart of the campaign to become coach Jan Olde Riekerink’s trump card in the Citizens’ attempt for a top-eight finish.
The stocky striker netted the solitary goal that not only made City the first side to win a league match in the bio-bubble, but was also the winner against Chippa United last weekend and took his tally into the double digits.
He followed that up with another sublime finish in the Citizens’ 3-2 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Monday.
The goal against the Brazilians made Erasmus the only one among the top scorers to have scored against all the teams in the top five this season.
He will face off against Mhango when City meet Orlando Pirates at Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld Stadium this afternoon, while Nurkovic is expected to lead the Chiefs attack against Stellenbosch FC in today’s other Premiership fixture at Orlando Stadium.
Meanwhile, Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer this week hinted that he was concerned about the impact a goal drought could have on his leading marksman, Mhango.
The Malawi international has gone six matches without finding the back of the net and his dry spell coincided with Pirates’ four-match run without a goal.
Tshegofatso Mabasa broke the duck with the equaliser for the Buccaneers in their 1-1 draw against Baroka on Tuesday.
The goals might have dried up for Mhango, but he still boasts the best scoring sequence, having netted in five matches on the trot between December 21 and January 18.
He and Nurkovic, alongside Polokwane City’s Charlton Mashumba, are the only Premiership players to have scored hat-tricks so far this season.
But there is no doubt that Erasmus will most likely find the net again today – something that will please his fan, Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki.
The national coach will in all likelihood consider Erasmus when he announces the Bafana team that will return to action in October.