Ma­joro needs to step up and de­liver for City

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - ROD­NEY REINERS pro­gramme and a few friendlies in which we mea­sured our sharp­ness, fit­ness and shape, and at the same time we got to know more about the new coach’s phi­los­o­phy and what he ex­pects of the team,” said Ma­joro. “There’s not a big dif­fer­ence bet

GOALS have al­ways been in short sup­ply in South African foot­ball, be it at club or na­tional level. It’s the hur­dle that con­tin­ues to hin­der the progress of the sport in a coun­try blessed with tricky, cre­ative foot­ballers, but which lacks clin­i­cal, de­ci­sive fin­ish­ers.

It is why last sea­son’s top marks­man in the PSL wasn’t a striker, but rather Le­bo­gang Manyama, the Cape Town City cap­tain and at­tack­ing mid­fielder, who needed only 13 goals to win the PSL’s Golden Boot award.

New City coach Benni McCarthy, a lethal goal-get­ter dur­ing his play­ing days, wants to change this. He is de­ter­mined to get his team scor­ing more con­sis­tently, and the player he is bank­ing on to get the bulk of the goals is the ex­pe­ri­enced Lehlo­honolo Ma­joro.

The Cape side hosts Polok­wane City in an MTN8 quar­ter-fi­nal at the Cape Town Sta­dium to­mor­row (kick-off 3pm) – and Ma­joro has the perfect op­por­tu­nity to make an early state­ment of in­tent with re­gard to his ob­jec­tive to get more goals this sea­son.

A proven marks­man in spells with AmaZulu and Kaizer Chiefs, Ma­joro’s ca­reer waned dur­ing a strug­gling pe­riod at Or­lando Pi­rates. The chance to re­vive his for­tunes ar­rived when he was signed by new club City last year – and, while he showed glimpses of his old shine, nig­gling in­juries pre­vented him from giv­ing full vent to his scor­ing prow­ess.

“We’ve had a good pre-sea­son ad­di­tions to the squad have brought some­thing dif­fer­ent, and they too are with us in the at­ti­tude that if we are to­gether, we can con­quer.”

Ma­joro, though, is aware of the threat pre­sented by Polok­wane.

“We know that Polok­wane can play, they are a good team,” he said. “They beat us 4-2 in the last game of the sea­son a few months ago, and, from that, es­pe­cially be­cause we were 2-0 up at a stage, we know that we can­not take them lightly. We have to learn from that de­feat. Im­por­tantly, though, to get the re­sult, we just have to do what we have been do­ing at train­ing and in the friendly games.

“Ob­vi­ously, on a more per­sonal note, I want to score more goals this sea­son. I’m fo­cused on that and I will con­tinue to work hard to strive to achieve my aims for the sea­son.”

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