The PSL’s Golden Boot – named in honour of the late Lesley Manyathela – still has as many as seven in the race to claim the rights. We rank them …
7. Bongi Ntuli – 12 goals
If Usuthu do indeed stay up, then they will have Ntuli to thank almost entirely. While his goals have been invaluable to their cause, he is unlikely to win the Golden Boot race. Three relatively easy fixtures ahead, don’t write him off just yet.
AmaZulu still play: Black Leopards, Stellenbosch and Highlands Park
6. Knox Mutizwa – 12 goals
The Zimbabwean has scored Abafana Bes’thende’s only goal since the restart. Without a constant supply of scoring opportunities, he is unlikely to move to the 15 goal mark by the season’s close.
Golden Arrows still play: Cape Town City, Bloem Celtic and Chippa United
5. Kermit Erasmus – 12 goals
The hottest scorer in the league at present, the City playmaker has netted three times to move into the conversation. The Citizens are also in fine form which leaves Erasmus in a good place as he attempts to shock those with more goals as it stands. Outings against Arrows and Highlands Park, combined with his club’s ambitions to seal their top 8 place, could very well spur Erasmus on to 15 goals.
Cape Town City still play: Golden Arrows, Highlands Park, SuperSport United
4. Gabadinho Mhango – 14 goals
Currently tied at the top, it may look odd to have Mhango in fourth place in these rankings but … he hasn’t scored since his double in February. With Pirates wobbling towards the end of the campaign, it doesn’t appear likely that the player who was once tipped to net 20 this season will even get past 15.
Orlando Pirates still play: SuperSport United, Maritzburg United, Stellenbosch
3. Bradley Grobler – 13 goals
When fit, there are few that can match Grobler’s goal-getting abilities. His lone goal since the restart could ignite the fight to topple Mhango/Shalulile in the race. Much of his personal ambition will rest in his side’s capability to deal with a difficult fixture list.
SuperSport United still play: Orlando Pirates, Baroka, Cape Town City
2. Samir Nurkovic – 13 goals
Nurkovic presents a curious case. He scored back to back before being helpless in Chiefs’ 3-1 defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic. A yellow card against Stellenbosch forced him onto the sidelines for the title decider against Sundowns. He is now one back of Mhango/Shalulile with his side looking to finish strong. Regardless of his success or failure in this race, it’s hard to see anyone pipping Nurkovic to the Player of the Season award.
Kaizer Chiefs still play: Wits, Chippa United, Baroka
1. Peter Shalulile – 14 goals
Who had Shalulile beating either Mhango or Nurkovic to the line? Goals against Sundowns – he helped his side to a point – and most recently against Polokwane City have sent him into a share of the lead. The fixture list is tricky but not overly strenuous. A goal may get the job done with two likely to be enough to win the Golden Boot award outright.
Highlands Park still play: Maritzburg United, Cape Town City, AmaZulu