ABSA Flashback: Three strikers that took the South African League by storm
The Absa premiership is one of the most watched leagues on the African continent, Many foreign international players have had the opportunity to grace the league and show football lovers their worth. Below, we take you down the memory lane and bring you some of the top international strikers that have played in the league.
1. Collins Mbesuma
No doubt Mbesuma will surely go down as one of the best foreign strikers to ever grace the ABSA premiership. He was a thorn in the flesh for many defenders with his sacred left-foot. The former Kaizer Chiefs marksman scored a staggering 35 goals in his second season with Chiefs, helping the club to win the title in the 2004/2005 season while also grabbing the player of the season accolade. Mbesuma was a joy to watch in the 18 yard box. His predatory instincts and off the ball movements enabled him to make scoring looked like a hobby anyone can do. Ironically, Mbesuma managed to play for all the “big three” teams in South Africa as he also joined crosstown rivals Orlando Pirates and later turned out for 2015 CAF Champions league winners, Mamelodi Sundowns. Other teams that Mbesuma played for include Golden Arrows and Mpumalanga Black Aces.
2. Manuel “Tiko Tiko” Bucane
The former Jomo Cosmos attacker was just pure class. He could be so slippery he would leave defenders shouting at themselves as he ran off to the corner to celebrate after slicing through the most compact of defences.Popular for his summersault (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang kind) scoring celebrations, Bucane surely had his moments of brilliance in the league. The Mozambican born striker boasts the record of most goals scored by a foreign player in the South African league, scoring 106 goals in 276 starts. Too good a stat right? Bucane resembled a high level of consistency which is rare these days in the ABSA premier league. To add icing to the cake Tico-Tico is remains a responsible citizen, now working as an ambassador of various enterprises in his home country of Mozambique.
3. Knowledge Musona
The Zimbabwean arrived at Naturena accompanied by controversy pertaining to Chiefs’ transfer policy which was nicknamed “buy one get two free” which was specific to Zimbabwean players. Nonetheless, the jokes disappeared soon after Musona started playing for Amakhosi as his displays made critics eat humblest of pies. In just two seasons with the Glamour boys (Chiefs), Musona bagged 28 goals in 49 matches which soon made him attract interest from Germany. “The Smiling Assassin” as Musona is popularly known, certainly had quite an impressive time during his time with Kaizer Chiefs. He was a menace to defenders with his lightning pace and sheer goal poaching instincts. Many remember him for his moments of brilliance particularly in the soweto derbies between Chiefs and Orlando Pirates where he scored a handful of goals.
Notable mentions also go to the likes of Peter Ndlovu, Benjani Mwaruwari, Chris Katongo, James Chamanga, Mame Niang as well as Raphael Chukwu. These goal poachers certainly gave us moments to cherish for a long time because of their goal scoring abilities. Who’s your favourite striker of all time?