Just 11 goals each — those are the PSL’s top goalscor­ers

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● With one game to go in the Premier Soc­cer League, there is a tie at the sum­mit of the sharp­shoot­ers’ stand­ings.

Rod­ney Ra­m­a­galela and Percy Tau are each on 11 goals for the 2017-18 sea­son.

That’s two goals less than the 13 scored by Le­bo­gang Manyama to take home the 2016-17 top scorer ac­co­lade, also known as the Les­ley Many­athela Golden Boot.

Manyama’s tally was a goal shy of the tally of 14 that Collins Mbe­suma scored dur­ing the 2015-16 term.

In the Span­ish La Liga, three play­ers are on 11 goals like Ra­m­a­galela and Tau.

They are Mikel Oyarz­a­bal, the Span­ish left winger who plays for Real So­ci­adad, the Span­ish at­tack­ing mid­fielder Portu who plies his trade for Girona, and Ser­gio León, the Span­ish for­ward who turns out in the colours of Real Betis.

Here’s the thing; Oyarz­a­bal, Portu and León are, wait for it, 15 places be­hind Lionel Messi, who is the king of goals in La Liga, top­ping the charts with 32 goals.

Let us move to an­other lit­tle ma­gi­cian who many have dubbed the Egyp­tian Messi.

At­tack­ing tri­umvi­rate

Mo Salah has scored 31 goals for

Liv­er­pool in 34 English Premier­ship matches.

He and his part­ners of the fear­some at­tack­ing tri­umvi­rate — Roberto Firmino and Sa­dio Mane — have rat­tled the net on 56 oc­ca­sions.

They’ve been the back­bone of the Reds’ pre­pos­ter­ous Cham­pi­ons League run to the fi­nal.

The trio have been the most pro­lific part­ner­ship in the Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign, com­bin­ing for 29 goals.

That beats the record of 28 goals scored by Cris­tiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Ben­zema for Real Madrid dur­ing the 2013-14 sea­son.

Our play­ers are hor­ri­bly found want­ing when it comes to fi­nesse.

Yes, that im­pres­sive del­i­cacy and skill deserts our scor­ers with great dis­ap­point­ment.

They have a propen­sity for poor de­ci­sion-mak­ing, of­ten go­ing for the wrong op­tion.

Blast in­stead of plac­ing.

One ex­tra touch in­stead of a first-time shot. Mamelodi Sun­downs man Tau in par­tic­u­lar, much as he has mes­merised and wowed us with won­der­ful foot­ball, will be the first to raise his hand that this is an area of his game that needs spit and pol­ish to take him to an even higher level than the one he has pro­pelled him­self into.

His coach Pitso Mosi­mane sounds like a stuck record when he oft re­peats this.

He once chal­lenged him to de­cide whether he wants to be a Messi, Ronaldo or Haz­ard.

Tau, a shoo-in to scoop the Player’s Player and Foot­baller of the Sea­son awards — like his for­mer team­mate Khama Bil­liat did in the 2014-15 cam­paign — has to move heaven and earth to cor­rect this.

We don’t want him in this league any­more. His tal­ents de­serve to be en­joyed by the rest of the world ala Salah and Messi. Pronto.


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