Soc­cer leg­end calls for ac­tion on goal drought

African Times - - Sport - MASHUDU SADIKE

WITH the Na­tional First Di­vi­sion(NFD) and Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) sea­sons head­ing to­wards the end, both leagues re­main haunted by a lack of goals.

But for­mer Orlando Pi­rates goal poacher Jerry Sikhosana be­lieves the sit­u­a­tion could be reme­died if clubs take mea­sures to ad­dress the goal scor­ing drought. With seven games left, the PSL and NFD are head­ing to­wards its busi­ness end of the sea­son.

The top-flight league ti­tle is still within grasp of a few teams in the PSL while High­lands Park looks set to have run away with the league in the sec­ond di­vi­sion af­ter thrash­ing Wit­bank Spurs 3-0 last week­end.

The tus­sle for top spot in the PSL is be­tween five teams with eight points dif­fer­ence, and even though the Lions of the North seem to have won it in the NFD. How­ever, the lack of goals is alarm­ing.

Goals and more goals are needed as no fewer than five play­ers in the NFD are com­pet­ing for the golden boot and four in the PSL. Wryly, the lead­ing goal scor­ers in both leagues are play­ing for teams fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion.

Lead­ing the pack in the PSL is Rod­ney Ra­m­a­galela of Polok­wane City on 10 goals, Mamelodi Sun­downs’ Percy Tau on nine and Evans Rusike (Su­per­sport United) and Gift Mothupa of Baroka both on eight goals.

Sikhosana, who was deadly in front of goal in his hey­day, said it’s high time for­mer strik­ers were con­sid­ered to coach the cur­rent crop.

“With the cri­sis we have, we should be hav­ing peo­ple who coach strik­ers,” Sikhosana said.

“Where are we lack­ing now? It’s in at­tack, so can’t we have peo­ple who can come in and spe­cialise in that depart­ment? We need to have peo­ple like my­self, and I’m not say­ing I’m the best, but we also have peo­ple like Phile­mon Masinga. This is a cri­sis,” said Sikhosana.

“I’m happy to see PSL coaches like Benni McCarthy and Fadlu Davids, peo­ple who used to be strik­ers coach­ing. We play good foot­ball and it shows in other de­part­ments that we are im­prov­ing, but [the prob­lem] is only just to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Even though there is more con­sis­tency in front of goals in the NFD, there is still a lack of goals there with Modi Mokoena of Su­per Ea­gles and Chivaviro of Ubuntu Cape Town both on 11 goals whilst Mu­sonda (Black­Leop­ards), Eras­mus (Mthatha Bucks) and Phewa (Real Kings) are all on 10 goals.

To date less than 200 goals have been scored in both leagues, which is less than a goal per match.

Sikhosana said goals bring peo­ple to the sta­dium.

“Peo­ple just don’t want to see teams hav­ing ball pos­ses­sion. They want to see goals and that’s all that mat­ters,” he con­tin­ued.

Sikhosana’s con­cerns were echoed by his for­mer Bafana Bafana strike part­ner Mark Wil­liams as he ex­pressed his de­sire to start a strik­ers’ academy some years ago, but he wasn’t avail­able to give feed­back on whether he had made any head­way. Muku­rukuru Me­dia

Jerry Skhosana of Orlando Pi­rates Le­gends dur­ing the 2014 Le­gends Friendly match be­tween Orlando Pi­rates and Manch­ester United Le­gends at El­lis Park Sta­dium in Jo­han­nes­burg.

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