Chipolopolo striker Justin Shonga has set an audacious target to break compatriot Collins Mbesuma’s long-standing South African PSL record.
Shonga has so far scored three goals in Pirates last five games after earlier struggling to find his feet at the club when he joined them last August from Nkwazi on a three-year deal.
Mbesuma’s thirteen year old record of 35 competitive goals in one season has yet to be breached in the South African top-flight.
“Mbesuma played for both clubs, Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates, he has been telling me what it takes to succeed here and what I am supposed to do,” Shonga told The Star newspaper.
“He always encourages me and sends me text messages after the game.
“No one has beaten his scoring tally. I will do it with time because it takes time for one to settle down and understand the dynamics of where you are playing. You can’t just come and hit the ground running. It will take time and with hard work; I can do it.
“I really respect his hard work and legacy.”
Shonga scored six goals for Chipolopolo in 2017 and has been a regular under coach Wedson Nyirenda since his appointment in 2016.
Meanwhile, Shonga and his Chipolopolo team mate Augustine Mulenga are set for their Soweto derby debut this Saturday when Pirates face Kaizer Chiefs.
The match will also mark Mulenga’s first game with Pirates after injury delayed his debut following his January move from Zanaco.