Goal speaks with the current PSL top goalscorer Katlego Mashego who talks about his career at Moroka Swallows, the feeling of finishing as top goalscorer and his return to the national team
Goal: Katlego congratulations on finishing as the PSL top goalscorer. How is the feeling of being the best striker in the league season?
Mashego: Thanks very much. It is a great feeling, especially because I didn’t start the season well, but I kept on scoring goals whenever I got the chance.
Goal: Bernard Parker started the season with four goals against AmaZulu last year. Did you think that you will score more goals than him after the first game?
Mashego: He had a good game against AmaZulu, but I think there are games that he didn’t score and I started realizing that I can score more goals. So, it was a matter of taking advantage while he is not scoring much and I managed.
Goal: Mahoota, a lot of football fans believe that strikers should at least score more than 20 goals a season. Do you share the same sentiments looking at the fact that you scored 13 goals in 22 starts?
Mashego: Well, as a striker you always feel like you should have done more and that has been the case with me, but I think the fans deserve more than we are offering at the moment in terms of goals. Fans should also understand that the league has improved and the defenders have been doing well also.
Goal: Talking about defenders, which defender gave you a hard time this season?
Mashego: I cannot single out defenders, but I think Chiefs had good defenders this season and that made things difficult for most teams.
Goal: Did you set yourself any target at the beginning of the season?
Mashego: No! That puts pressure on individuals. It was one game at a time for me and that’s how I managed to score more than anyone.
Goal: You have been called-up to the national team for the first time in many years. Were you surprised with a call-up or you kind of expected it?
Mashego: I play to help the team win and not to get call-ups, but I was surprised. I didn’t see it coming. It is a rare opportunity that I will have to grab.
Goal: What are your objectives now that Gordon Igesund has shown faith in you?
Mashego: The team’s objectives come first and I have always been a team player. I will help Bafana win the games regardless of whether I score or not.
Goal: Finally, about your future at Swallows. Can we see Mahoota in another team next season or in the near future?
Mashego: No, I am still contracted to Swallows, but you know how quick things can happen. I am hoping to stay a little longer unless the club decides otherwise.