Thursday, September 21

Best In The Field

By Enny Iita  

Peter Shalulile is a Namibian international player who has become one of the most lethal attackers in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in the last few seasons. Known for his speedy attacks, he has enjoyed a decent goal-scoring run in his second top-flight season since he joined Highlands Park FC. His football journey has been characterized by significant success, and this has consequently made him a target for many renowned football clubs.  

When Shalulile featured for Namibia during the Africa Cup of Nations recently, he made three starts and another one in the 1-0 group-stage defeat to South Africa. He has 12 international caps, where he found the net three times. Little wonder he became a choice player for international football clubs like Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao from China and Lille OSC in France.

The early life of Shalulile and his nationality the young and vibrant Namibian footballer is best known as an association football player. Although not much is known about his family background, he was born in Windhoek, Namibia, and he developed a passion for football when he was young.

Shalulile nationality is Namibian, even though he played for the South African Premier Division side Highlands Park football club before his latest transfer to Sundowns Mamelodi was announced.

Association football player prides in being a product of Tura Magic FC in his home country. He joined the club during their campaign in the NFA Khomas second division. Interestingly, he helped the team gain promotion in the 2011/2012 season. From the U-20, he had an opportunity of joining the Senior Namibia National Soccer Team, where his football skills quickly garnered attention. He scored significant goals, which won the team their first-ever trophy in 2015 during the Council of Southern Africa.  

Moreover,  his transfer to Highlands Park FC did not come as a surprise to most fans, because of his exceptional feat during the tournament. He joined the team during their games in the South African second-tier football during that time, and his contribution helped them gain promotion. Eventually, Highlands Park ranked well in South African Football as a result of the two goals he made during the play-off encounter against Mbombela on Wednesday, 16th of June, 2016, at the Makhulong Stadium.

Shalulile’s goals are unique and strategic, and they have contributed to the success recorded in clubs he has played for since he started his football career. For instance, he scored six goals while playing for the senior national team. He also scored when they played against Niger during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier which gave them the 1-0 win on the 4th of June, 2016.

When he played for the 1st Division in the 2015/2016 season, he scored five goals and two goals in the play-offs. In Premier Soccer League, he scored a goal out of 14 appearances during the 2016/2017 season. During the 2017/2018 season, he made 29 appearances with 15 goals.

More so, in the 2018/2019 Premier Soccer League, out of 24 appearances, Highlands Park Peter Shalulile scored seven goals and another 16 goals out of 30 appearances in the 2019/2020 season. In his appearances on the national team for the 2022 World Cup qualification, he recorded a goal in each appearance as well. Peter Shalulile goal against Sundowns caught every fan’s attention when it came within six minutes of the commencement of the match. In fact, the goal was the first that Highlands Park registered in three meetings against Sundowns in the current season.  

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