Most football players would do anything to hold on to their records for the sake of history and legacy.
But former Kaizer Chiefs striker Collins Mbesuma is cut from a different cloth.
He is ready to relinquish his Absa Premiership record of 25 goals scored in a season he set in 2004/2005 when he guided Amakhosi to a league triumph.
After almost 15 years, Mbesuma, nearing his retirement, is still banging in goals.
He turns out for University of Pretoria in the GladAfrica Championship this season.
But his name is written in bold as one of the Absa Premiership’s most prolific strikers.
Mbesuma told FARPost.co.za that if Amakhosi’s Serbian striker Samir Nerkovic continues to hit the net, he could break his record of 25 league goals in a season.
“I like strikers who score. If the striker scores it’s his time. Everything is God given.
“I can’t hold on to the record forever. I don’t even think about leagues, I move on. That’s why I have no regrets and can play in any league. I went to ABC Motsepe with Maccabi, we came back. As long as it’s football, I’m a soccer player,” stated Mbesuma.
“So if he breaks it, good for him. And something new, something they can talk about. They have been talking about me for how many years now? We need something to excite us.”
Nurkovic has netted eight goals in the league this season. He would need to double his effort to do what many respected strikers have failed to achieve and that is reach Mbesuma’s heights.
Mbesuma added: “Nurkovic brings a lot of power going forward. He is explosive and he can score anyhow. They needed that going forward. Also Castro (Leonardo), Billiat (Khama).If they can be together as a unit, I think they can achieve.
“As long as they understand each other, they can destroy any team. I wish they could continue helping each to help the team to win,” said Mbesuma.
By Innocent Ngwenya