The Sunday Mail
NORMAN MAROTO was 27 when he banged 22 goals for Gunners back in 2010 and the former Dynamos star striker, who turned 36 on Thursday, remains the last Premiership player to breach the 20-goal barrier.
However, there’s a growing belief that Maroto’s record could be shattered this season, if Chicken Inn’s hotshot striker Clive Augusto maintains his goal-scoring form.
Augusto has so far scored 13 goals in 13 matches and now needs seven more from 21 matches to breach the 20-goal mark.
A product of the Ali Sundowns Academy, Augusto now needs 10 more goals to surpass Maroto’s 22-goal tally.
And Maroto, winner of the 2010 Golden Boot, has a strong feeling Augusto could finally be the man to shatter his eight-season record.
“Augusto will be the next one to reach 20 goals, I have that feeling,” Maroto told The Sunday Mail.
“His form is just something else, he is scoring for fun and at this rate he can even reach 30 goals, that is if he is not snatched by foreign teams during this mid-season window.”
There’s a lot of interest in Augusto from a number of South African Absa Premiership sides including Bidvest Wits whose coach Gavin Hunt is reported to be keeping a close eye on the former Ngezi Platinum Stars striker.
Since Maroto’s feat with Gunners no other Premiership player has scored 20 goals, with Nelson Maziwisa (2012) and Tendai Ndoro (2013) coming closest with 18 goals each.
The reigning Golden Boot winner, Rodwell Chinyengetere, scored 17 goals for champions FC Platinum before he was snapped by South African side Baroka.