Soccer legend calls for action on goal drought
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.