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Shalulile Self-critical Despite Historic Win

Mamelodi Sundowns and Namibia striker Peter Shalulile was self-critical despite captaining his side to their first-ever win at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Shalulile has won the golden boot back-to-back in the DStv Premiership and finished second behind Bradley Grobler in 2020/21.

He also finished 2023 among the world’s top goalscorers, but despite all his pedigree he missed quite a few chances in an intense opening match of Group E against the Eagles of Carthage.

Shalulile had three goal scoring opportunities to bury but he failed to convert, but he still lead his country to a historic win.

“Glory to God first and my teammates, my coaches – being a captain is not easy because everything is on your shoulders,” Shalulile told iDiski Times journalist Lorenz Kohler in Korhogo.

“You could see the chances I’ve missed, I thought that if those guys get a win the blame is on me. But the grace God has given me to captain this side is something that I don’t take for granted.

“It’s a happy day for the Namibians, it’s a happy day for us we made history and on to the next one.”

Despite being proud of the win, Shalulile also admitted that he needs to work on his finishing.

“It was not easy, they had some chances, our keeper was amazing. We had some chances, in another day you get punished,” he added.

“That’s why I told the coach I’ll work on my finishing. I’m a striker and I need to score goals. Today, I got a few chances and I didn’t score.

“Onto the next one, onto the pitch and we’ll do better.”

Namibia will face Bafana Bafana in their next Group E encounter on Sunday.

Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco is one of South Africa's brightest up-and-coming football journalists. Makonco shot to prominence on social media as a reliable source for South African football news and transfer stories, and is currently working as a junior journalist at iDiski Times.