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NEWS: PSL record a huge challenge for Shalulile says Maluleke

Former PSL top scorer Ishmael Maluleke feels it will be very tough for Peter Shalulile, to break the record set by Collins Mbesuma.

Peter Shalulile of Sundowns
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Former PSL top scorer Ishmael Maluleke feels it will be very tough for current leading scorer, Mamelodi Sundowns' Peter Shalulile, to break the record set by Collins Mbesuma.

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In 2005 while playing for Kaizer Chiefs, Mbesuma scored a sensational 35 goals in all competitions for AmaKhosi with 25 of those being league goals.

This season, Downs striker Shalulile leads the scoring charts with 13 goals from 19 games, but according to Maluleke, he has a long way to go to get anywhere near Mbesuma’s record.

When playing for Manning Rangers, Maluleke scored 18 goals in the 2001/02 season to take the top PSL scorer award.

“I don’t think he will reach 25 goals,” Maluleke told KickOff.com.

“Shalulile has the potential to reach 25 goals which will be incredible, but I honestly don’t see that happening this season. I have noticed that he is not a striker who always stays in the box all the time because of his ability to move around.

“In as much as he scores goals, he also gets not to score some of the chances that come his way so that leaves him at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to chasing 25 league goals for the season.

“With Mbesuma, Chiefs played for him and fed him in the box all the time with supply from all over be it Thabo Mooki or Scara Ngobese amongst others in that team.

“With Shalulile he also chooses to create when he could have scored himself. He will probably reach 20 goals and be the league top scorer but aiming for 25 goals will be a bit of a big ask.

“I don’t think he is even playing for the record but rather to score the goals that win Sundowns the league yet again which is what is the priority at the club,” added Maluleke.

Shalulile is in line to improve on the 15 league goals he managed to score last season.

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