A statistical breakdown of Bongi Ntuli’s PSL season so far

This article was produced by Laduma Analytics for Extra Time Media. When you look at the list of players who are top scorers in the PSL this season, you cannot help but wonder about some of the names that stick out. For instance, in between Mhango (Orlando Pirates – 14), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United – 12) and Samir Nurkovic (Kaizer Chiefs – 11) sits AmaZulu forward Bongi Ntuli on 12 goals. This is a decent scoring statistic. Yet, what makes them even more outstanding for Ntuli is that he has

George Maluleka’s Kaizer Chiefs career by the numbers

Kaizer Chiefs will be losing a stalwart when midfielder George Maluleka leaves for rivals Mamelodi Sundowns after the 2019-20 season. Maluleka has played 168 matches since joining Amakhosi from SuperSport United in January 2014. According to Transfermarkt, he has picked up 11 goals and 23 assists. The Tembisa-born playmaker is currently the sixth-longest serving player at Kaizer Chiefs behind Itumeleng Khune, Bernard Parker, Willard Katsande, Kgotso Moleko, and Erick Mathoho. *Data according to Transfermarkt His move to Mamelodi Sundowns, which was announced by the Glamour Boys 2260 days into his

T20 World Cup: Proteas vs Australia by the numbers

South Africa will face hosts Australia in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup on Thursday.  The Proteas topped their group with impressive wins over England, Thailand and Pakistan. Their final group game was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The hosts finished second in their group, having lost to India in the pool stages. India will play England in the other semi-final, but both fixtures are at risk of being washed out. With no reserve day scheduled for the semis, the top ranked teams (ie India and South Africa)

Here’s what percentage of team goals the PSL top scorers have contributed

Gabadinho Mhango remained at the top of the top scorers’ list in the PSL, despite Orlando Pirates losing 0-1 to Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby over the weekend.  Despite dominating many facets of the attack, Bucs could not convert their chances. Lebogang Manyama scored the only goal of the game, completely against the run of play. Chiefs’ keeper Daniel Akpeyi was also in top form in the Amakhosi goal-posts throughout the match. The PSL result means Amakhosi extended their lead to seven points at the top of the PSL

Soweto derby top scorers: 2010s and all-time

Despite only joining Kaizer Chiefs in 2018, Leonardo Castro was the joint-top scorer in Soweto derbies throughout the 2010s along with Siphiwe Tshabalala. Castro has scored four goals in six appearances for Kaizer Chiefs against Orlando Pirates. He had already begun to master the art of haunting the Ghost while at Mamelodi Sundowns, netting twice in three appearances against the Buccaneers there. The Colombian aside, only Siphiwe Tshabalala managed four Soweto derby goals during the previous decade. The former Bafana star regularly lit up the fixture wearing the colours of

New record for most goals scored before Christmas in a UEFA competition

While there might appear to be a goal drought in some leagues, Alfredo Morelos is on a roll. The Rangers man has scored 14 goals in his side’s run in the UEFA Europa League so far this season (qualifying and group stages included). It’s most ever scored by a player in a UEFA football club competition before Christmas. UEFA confirmed the record on Tuesday. At this rate, Morelos is on course to snatch another record from Colombian compatriot Radamel Falcao. His tally leaves him in joint-sixth for the most goals

How average goals scored compares in the PSL vs top European leagues

It’s the silly season and for some soccer leagues around the world, it’s about to get even sillier as the festive fixtures pile up while others will take a short break. Some teams might be wishing for a break, especially where goalkeepers are concerned. December to January roughly marks the middle of the season for most of the world’s soccer leagues. It’s also a time of reflection, so, let’s do just that. Rightly or wrongly, for many football fans, goals scored often defines entertainment value. While it doesn’t always mean

New Zealand’s Cape Town Sevens win comes with unique quirk

Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby. New Zealand’s win at the 2019 Cape Town Sevens came with a unique quirk. The All Blacks beat South Africa 5-7 in a feisty final. It was only the second time since the South African leg of the World Series moved to Cape Town that the team that scored the most points across the weekend also won the series. Captain Scott Curry praised his team for rising to a “massive challenge” as they avenged a defeat by the Blitzboks in