Pitso hunts hunters
ONCE again it s trial-and-error
’ time for Bafana Bafana as the search for a suitable striker continues for coach Pitso Mosimane.
Mosimane will on Thursday announce the Bafana team to play Senegal in a friendly international to be held in Durban on February 29, still grappling to find someone capable of finding the back of the net with regularity, for that matter.
The Bafana coach has been trying out different strikers, noting and eliminating errors in his quest to find a player to partner prime striker Katlego Mphela.
Opportunities have been flunked by strikers, who have struggled to step up to the plate as the goal-scoring crisis persist for Bafana with precious little coming through from development systems.
The extended PSL break has meant little action for most Bafana players and Mosimane s selection could be based
’ more on reputation than current form.
There could be a recall for the likes of Siyabonga Nontshinga of Jomo Cosmos and Ajax Cape Town utility player George Maluleke, the pair that was picked for the Ivory Coast friendly last November.
Most interesting, however, is that there could be a surprise call-up for Boitumelo Sekgobela and Edward Manqele, the Free State Stars forward, who has had a measure of consistency.
On the night the PSL returned to action with a full list of fixtures in midweek, Mosimane opted for low-key Supersport United and Free State fixture, ostensibly to have a closer look on budding international strikers. My job requires me to watch “as many games as possible and I m here to look at certain play’ ers,” said Mosimane. I have to give everybody a “chance as I exhaust all avenues to find a partner for Mphela. Goal-scoring remains a problem for us and we have to work on that.”
Manqele has scored seven goals so far this season, the seventh coming against United, after his impressive strike against Kaizer Chiefs last December.
Problems have been exacerbated through the absence of promising Bradley Grobler, who is still injured. Leeds United s Davide Somma
’ suffered a severe knee injury in pre-season with his English Championship side and has not played this season.
It remains to be seen whether there will be a recall for out-of-form Kaizer Chiefs
’ Bernard Parker, who was dropped for the last three friendlies, as well as Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Thulani Serero.
Serero last played 90 minutes for Bafana against Burkina Faso, in which he acquitted himself well, but injury has since derailed his progress.
He was an unused substitute against Manchester United in Ajax s Europa Cup match on Thurs
Key striker Mphela started his first match for Mamelodi Sundowns in seven games against Amazulu in midweek, and he is yet to hit a double-digit goal mark in the league after 16 games. Young Kermit Erasmus hasn t
’ been a regular at Supersport United, while Lehlohonolo Majoro has also not been starting matches for Chiefs.
POSSIBLE PICK: George Maluleka of Ajax Cape Town.