If Mamelodi Sundowns’ Peter Shalulile continues to play with the same intensity in the Dstv Premiership, a chance of moving up the goalscoring chart and making it to the European leagues is not far off, according to Jovita Kandjumbwa, a local sports journalist.
As it stands, Shalulile is on seven goals and assisted four for his teammates. The chart is headed by SuperSport United’s Bradley Grobler with 13 goals, with Moroka Swallows’ Ruzaigh Gamildien in second spot with 10 goals. In third is Cape Town City’s Mduduzi Mdantsane with nine goals and fourth place is occupied by Shalulile’s teammate, Themba Zwane.
Kandjumbwa says Shalulile is the epitome of hard work and he stands a good chance of reaching the top of the goalscoring chart and joining a European club.
“If he continues to work hard, keep team-mindedness, he will go far. Also, if not for age, I would say Europe’s top leagues are attainable. But his agent also needs to put in the work,” added Kandjumbwa.
Sundowns the gateway
Sundowns have in the past produced the likes of Percy Tau, a South African professional footballer who now plays for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion.
Tau began his football career with Sundowns where he made 100 appearances either side of a loan to Witbank Spurs. During his time with Sundowns, he won the league title twice, the Caf Champions League once and was named Footballer of the Year and joint-top goal scorer in his final season with the club.
Shalulile can also take strength from the fact that Namibia has produced the likes of Rudolf Bester, one of the few Namibians to play professional football outside Namibia, the first Namibian to win the Premier Soccer League with Orlando Pirates and the first Namibian to play against Tottenham Hotspur of England in 2011.