Sundowns’ Shalulile on his unique goal celebrations: ‘I’m a tyre, I just roll’

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Peter Shalulile showcases his weird goal scoring acrobatics after scoring in Mamelodi Sundowns’ win over Baroka on Wednesday. Picture: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix
Peter Shalulile showcases his weird goal scoring acrobatics after scoring in Mamelodi Sundowns’ win over Baroka on Wednesday. Picture: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix


Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Shalulile has a rather weird goal celebration. On Wednesday, the Namibian international marksman not only dived to the ground but it was how he tossed his body over a perimetre board that caught the attention of the fans.

The acrobatic display, however, left some worried that the 27-year-old could injury himself in the process.

One of the concerned football followers reached out to Sundowns coaches Steve Komphela and Rhulani Mokwena via Twitter asking the tacticians to persuade Shalulile to rethink his goal celebration.

El President (@kgabosnr) tweeted: “Dear @coach_rulani @komphelasteve: Can you kindly ask Shalu [Shalulile] to consider changing the celebration. We are afraid of losing him to self inflicted injury. More dangerously he is becoming a role model to our kids. Who play in dusty grounds.”

In his response, Komphela said: “We do talk to him [but] he’ll tell you ‘I’m a tyre, I just roll’.”

The coach maintained that Shalulile was very careful and conscious about it.

“He just gives you a contagious laugh and promise not to. What a human being! What a soul!” We are blessed to have @Shalulile13,” added Komphela.

@kgabosnr also laughed about it, remarking “but our kids, are not tyres”.

Shalulile says his goal celebration was inspired by his upbringing in Namibia, he revealed in a radio interview with SAfm recently.

“My goal celebration is all about being on the farm. My family does farming. When you are planting seeds on the farm that is how you do it. When you are happy while doing it that’s how it looks,” the soft-spoken player told host Thabiso Mosia.

Since his high-profile transfer from the now-defunct Highlands Park to Sundowns in September, Shalulile has been rattling the net with ease, thanks to his deadly combination with fellow attackers Themba Zwane, Kermit Erasmus, Gastón Sirino and Lebohang Maboe.

Shalulile finished as the Premiership joint top scorer with 16 goals for Highlands.

His strike in Sundowns’ 2-0 win over Baroka on Tuesday was his seventh league goal in 15 DStv Premiership appearances this season.

He trails team-mate Zwane by a goal in the race for the golden boot that has leader Bradley Grobler of SuperSport United on 12; Swallows striker Ruzaigh Gamildien on nine with Cape Town City’s Mduduzi Mdantsane and Zwane tied on eight.

However, in total Shalulile has scored 10 in 20 games in all competitions.

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