Namibian striker Peter Shalulile has started the 2021/22 season like a house on fire with his goalscoring reaching new heights in the first half of the season. The striker currently tops the goalscoring charts in the DStv Premiership, with 13 goals, which is one shy of his tally from the whole of last season.
At the start of the season, Shalulile picked up where he left off last from the 2020/21 season, and through the calendar year Peter’s goals have seen him go level with – for the most number of goals scored by a PSL player in a calendar year, on 24. Speaking on how he has managed to maintain such a level of consistency, ‘Sha Sha’ attributed the rewards on the pitch to the work that goes on on the training ground.
“It’s just about the work you put in and the extra work on top of that. At the time when people are sleeping, you just have to put in the work.”
“What keeps me going is simply the fact that I just want the club and my teammates to be happy and for the club to do well. I also get my motivation from players abroad that are also doing well, that helps me to push every day to stay at this level. Its not easy scoring but we work so hard to make sure we are able to score each and every day.”
After securing the league title and clinching the first ever DStv Premiership trophy in June, Masandawana strengthened in a number of positions, bringing in a number of new signings. One of those signings, Neo Maema, formed an instant connection with Shalulile, the results of which can be seen on the pitch. All of Maema’s assists in the league this season has fallen to the feet of Shalulile, and the striker touched on how the two are able to connect so well:
“It has been a tough season so far with all the new players coming in, we all have a connection, but with Maema specifically it’s just something we worked on at training. I tell him whenever you get the ball on your left foot or right foot, I will [make the run in the space], it’s more about knowing where we are on the pitch. He’s really good at finding players in the box, he is tops.”
With the PSL going into an extended break for the AFCON competition in January, Mr Tuck In revealed his plans for his time away from the pitch:
“The festive season is more about spending time with your family, I am not too sure where I will be, remember we can not go into a ‘closing mode’ and we still have games to play in the second half of the season. But I will go and spend time with my family and then get ready to come back to work.”