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Who will break the 20-goal mark in the PSL this season?

14:47 GMT+3 08/09/2018
Chippa United, Rhulani Manzini
Goal takes a look at the possible candidates who might break the 20-goal mark this season

South African strikers have often come under scrutiny for their lack of composure in front of goal.  

Orlando Pirates marksman Thamsanqa Gabuza is the latest victim to come underfire from his club supporters as he has failed to find the back of the net on a regular basis despite his workrate.

Goal takes a look at possible candidates who might break the 20-goal mark this season. The last player to achieve this was legendary striker Siyabonga Nomvethe back in the 2011/12 season whilst on the books of Moroka Swallows.

Bidvest Wits duo of Mxolisi Macuphu and Deon Hotto are early contenders as they have started the season really well with two goals each while Evans Rusike of SuperSport United leads the goalscoring charts with three goals thus far.

It certainly takes consistence and character to hit the back of the net and be among top scorers sheet. 

In recent years, strikers get their season off to a flying start only to end with 10 to 12 goals after 30 games. Reaching double figures remains a huge problem for strikers in the PSL.

Chippa United striker Rhulani Manzini has come out and said breaking the 20-goal mark is his personal target this season. He only managed to score five goals in 19 league appearances for AmaZulu last season.

Pirates' Justin Shonga is another player who can possibly be top the goalscoring charts this season. The 21-year-old showed what he is capable of last season when he produced a man of the man performance against Kaizer Chiefs and scored a brace against Chippa United to end the campaign with four goals and five assists.

Last season’s joint top goalscorer Rodney Ramagalela is a player who will be looking for more than just 11 goals this season.

During the 2004/05 campaign, Collins Mbesuma, in his prime, scored 25 goals for Chiefs which still remains the most goals scored in a season in the PSL era, while Bernard Parker managed to score 10 goals a couple of seasons ago, which is the lowest a player has ever scored in the league.

Khama Billiat's name also comes to mind when talking about goals. He is hungry to make an impact at Amakhosi and has been looking very dangerous so far this season.  

The goalscoring problem is affecting South Africa at all levels, from local clubs to Bafana Bafana, and if there's any striker that can score 20 goals or more, then they country would be proud of such achievement.