Bucs’ Strikers Through The Years - Why Benni Leads The Pack
From Benni to Mbesuma, Ndoro to Erasmus, Orlando Pirates have had some big-name top scorers in recent years, but who had the best Absa Premiership season with Bucs?
Take a trip down memory lane with Pirates’ top scorers in the gallery above
With the Buccaneers currently having three players tied in the race for this season’s top scorer at the club – all of whom have already topped last year’s record of just five – the Siya crew decided to have a blast from the past by looking back at who has taken the gong over the last decade or so.
Right now it’s Justin Shonga, Thembinkosi Lorch and Vincent Pule who all have six goals each, one more than Luvuyo Memela last year, battling it out for the crown, and they have three games left to increase their tally further.
But who has led the way in the past?
Since the 2006/07 season only four different players have managed to get into double figures over the course of a league campaign, and it’s been a couple of seasons since the club managed to see a prolific scorer in action.
Tendai Ndoro was the last Pirates player to get past the nine-goal mark when he grabbed 12 in 2016/17, while the like of Kermit Erasmus, Benni McCarthy and Excellent Walaza (all 10) also managed double figures during their time at the club in recent years, however it’s been a long time since they had a truly clinical striker on their books.
Two Times The Charm…
Over the last decade or so, only Erasmus has managed to top the scorers list for Pirates in the league on more than one occasion, though they were largely varying tallies on the two times that he achieved it.
In his first season (2013/14) with the Buccaneers the now Cape Town City striker got four goals to share the spoils with Oupa Manyisa, but dramatically increased his return the following season as he stood outright as their top scorer with 10 goals in 26 games.
It may come as no surprise that of all the strikers that Pirates have had on their books in recent years, it’s Benni McCarthy that had the best goals per game ratio, with the former Bafana Bafana international grabbing 10 in the 2011/12 campaign.
He ended the campaign with 0.42 goals per match, slightly ahead of Ndoro (0.40) in 2016/17 and Erasmus (0.38) in 2014/15. The lowest with regards to goals per game was Manyisa when he scored four in 28 in 2013/14 – just 0.14 goals per match.
Which Pirates striker has been your favourite in recent years?