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Rare pictures of Lesley Manyathela's accolades surfaces

In the world of football in the early 2000s we were blessed with some of the most prolific strikers who created multitude of problems for defences.

Back then, the late Lesley Manyathela was on a league of his own in terms of his goal scoring efficiency.

During his short illustrious career the Orlando Pirates jersey number 22 established himself as a key member of his club's starting XI. In the 2001/02 season the product of the Dynamos FC youth academy ended the campaign as the league's second top goalscorer behind retired footballer Ishmael Maluleke.

In that particular season "Slow Poison" as he is affectionately known as was the recipient of the best striker rate award because of his match per goal ratio. The following season Manyathela finished atop the PSL scoring charts claiming the Golden Boot award with 18 league goals, becoming the second Orlando Pirates player to win that accolade.

During that season Manyathela helped Orlando Pirates clinch their second league title in three seasons. In 2003 the Orlando Pirates striker was involved in a motor vehicle accident which claimed his life on the N1 highway near his hometown of Musina and the PSL Golden Boot award was later renamed the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award in his honour.

As of late rare pictures of Lesley Manyathela's accolades which he won during his time at Orlando Pirates have surfaces on Instagram. From findings the shared pictures on the popular platform have also been previously shared on Facebook under the Lesley Manyathela Foundation account which seeks to protect his legacy.

From the shared pictures on the popular platform Manyathela could be seen showing off his PSL Golden Boot award and the league title. A rare picture of his league winner's medal and also a picture of his best striker rate award have surfaced.

Throughout the years many of these prestigious awards which were won by Manyathela have had a major revamp in terms of design mostly because of sponsorship reasons.

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