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Manyama & The Other Golden Boot Winners From Around Africa

How Does Lebo Manyama Compare To Other Golden Boot Winners?

By Kyle Smith - Jul 02, 2017 11:01 AM @KyleLaduma

Lebogang Manyama’s spectacular season with Cape Town City was capped off by winning the Golden Boot for being the league’s top scorer. But how do his 13 goals compare to his counterparts in other African leagues?

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Manyama was a standout performer in Cape Town City’s debut campaign, where he managed to pip Tendai Ndoro to the Golden Boot after the Zimbabwean created what had appeared to be an unassailable lead in the opening stages of the campaign.

However, the PSL often faces criticism for their relatively low goalscoring tallies, considering that the likes of Lionel Messi (35 goals), Harry Kane (29), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (31) and Edinson Cavani (35) outscoring them by some distance in European leagues, but is it perhaps the case of the changing nature of the European game to the African style of play?

Perhaps the best gauge for that would be to compare Manyama to strikers from other African leagues, which would more often than not have more similar playing styles and environments to the PSL, in comparison to leagues around Europe.

In Egypt, it was Masr El Makasa’s Ahmed El Sheikh who ran away with the top scorer award, finding the net on 16 occasions, and in Zimbabwe’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, it was Bantu Rovers’ Bukhosi Sibanda that finished top scorer with 10 goals. Then, in the Tunisia’s Ligue 1, Esperance Tunis’ Taha Yassine Khenissi finished the 2016 season with 14 strikes to his name. Meanwhile, the numbers read somewhat better in Nigeria’s Premier League, where the season ending in 2016 saw Wikki Tourists’ Godwin Obaje finish as top scorer with 18 goals.

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Considering the relatively similar goal tallies in the PSL and some of Africa’s other leagues, it would appear that the issue of relatively lower goalscoring charts is not uniquely South African, but is a common symptom on the continent as a whole.

 

Why do you think African-based players struggle to score relative to their European-based counterparts?


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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Joined: 16 May 2017
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Jul 02, 2017 03:38 PM
Manyama a sundowns player madoda
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Jay Terrol Jul 02, 2017 02:07 PM
Messi 37 not 35
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Jay Terrol Jul 02, 2017 02:05 PM
20 teams
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Dipholo Rangata Jul 02, 2017 01:17 PM
In Europe they play more matches than our psl, so we should increase the number of psl teams to 18 at least
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briansson17 Jul 02, 2017 12:39 PM
It was a longtime before we see midfielders toping the scoring charts so big up
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Myaka weliPhefeni Jul 02, 2017 12:11 PM
Amang the best in the world lool
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lebomahike Jul 02, 2017 12:08 PM
even if you can bring messi to the PSL could finish the season with less than 20 goals
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Ggolide Jul 02, 2017 12:05 PM
Cowditor stop lying Messi finished with 37 goals and you are misleading people even on your weekly publication you always say 35 whilst it's 37
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afrikaanse Jul 02, 2017 12:04 PM
Wow but remember in Europe most teams play direct football and with good players too
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zolani_chosi Jul 02, 2017 11:55 AM
You compare him with European strikers, is this europe or Africa? Why don't you compare him with other african strikers?
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Mr_Down Jul 02, 2017 11:10 AM
Is either defenders and goalkeepers in Europe are very bad or our strikers in Africa are bad

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