Shalulile’s PSL goal tally puts him in the company of global top scorers

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Peter Shalulile of Mamelodi Sundowns is leading the PSL top scorers charts. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images
Peter Shalulile of Mamelodi Sundowns is leading the PSL top scorers charts. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

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On a count of league goals, Mamelodi Sundowns’ free-scoring striker Peter Shalulile is at the top with leading sharpshooters across the world’s best football leagues.

Having netted 22 DStv Premiership goals, this figure puts the Namibian footballer in the company of global stars who have hit a 20-plus goal mark so far during this campaign.

The list includes Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah who is on 22 strikes, Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain on 24 goals, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland on 21, Ciro Immobile of Lazio on 27 and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema with 26.

Only Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has scored more, with 34 leagues so far this season.

What is remarkable for Shalulile is that he achieved his feat in a 18-team league compared with his competitors who are campaigning in 20-club streams.

Similarly, Lewandowski’s haul was attained in a 16-team Bundesliga structure.

READ: Peter Shalulile within grasp of breaking Collins Mbesuma's 17-year PSL record

Heading into Sundowns’ epic league clash against Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday, and two more fixtures to conclude the season, Shalulile stands a chance to close in on a longstanding PSL record for most league goals in a single season.

Former Chiefs striker Collins Mbesuma netted 25 during the 2004/05 campaign.

Only three other players, Siyabonga Nomvethe (20 goals during the 2011/12 season), Pollen Ndlanya (21 in 1998/99) and Wilfred Mugeyi (22 in 1996/97) have breached the 20-goal mark in the PSL era.

Shalulile has improved from the 15 goals that made him finish second behind Bradley Grobler of SuperSport United, who claimed last season’s top scorer’s award with 16 goals.

It has been a remarkable season for the Sundowns talisman.

Shalulile’s best-scoring sequence so far was no doubt the back-to-back hat-tricks he snatched against Swallows and Golden Arrows last month.

The devastating form in front of goal has even elevated the former Highlands Park striker to do better than some of the world’s known net-bulgers, such as Liverpool’s Sadio Mané, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Atlético de Madrid’s Luis Suárez, Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

READ: Peter Shalulile opens up on doing 'extra work' to maintain scoring form

The aforementioned group has scored less than 20 league goals so far this season.

All eyes will be on Shalulile on Sunday to see if he will bring his scoring boots to FNB Stadium for Sundowns’ clash with Chiefs.

African Leagues Top Scorers
UGANDA
Lobi Manzoki - 17 goals 


CAMEROON
Apam Joseph - 8 goals 


ANGOLA
Depu Maria Aurélio - 19 goals 


LESOTHO
Katleho Makateng - 20 goals 


GUINEA
Amadou Oury Barry - 13 goals 


ZAMBIA
Ricky Banda - 16 goals 


GHANA
Mbella Etouga - 19 goals


SOUTH AFRICA
Peter Shalulile - 22 goals


ALGERIA 
Samy Frioui - 17 goals


MOROCCO 
Guy Mbenza - 12 goals


SENEGAL 
Bouly Sambou - 13 goals


TANZANIA 
Fiston Mayele - 12 goals
George Mpole - 12 goals 


NIGERIA 
Rafiu Kayode Ishaq - 14 goals 


EGYPT 
Ahmed Sayed Zizo - 11 goals


KENYA  
Felix Oluoch - 12 goals


ETHIOPIA 
Richmond Adongo - 10 goals
Ismail Ouro-Agoro - 10 goals


COTE D’IVOIRE 
Abdoul Kader Coulibaly - 12 goals


DR CONGO 
Glody Lilepo - 9 goals


TUNISIA 
Ben Hammouda - 7 goals


RWANDA 
Hussein Tshabalala - 15 goals 


MALI
Moussa Kone - 10 goals 


By: @NuhuAdams_


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