Strik­ers are there to score goals

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WITH 18 teams in the league, say with four strik­ers in each team to­talling 52 strik­ers, only one striker Obriel Chirinda got a hat-trick in the whole sea­son.

I am not sur­prised by this be­cause coaches in this coun­try do not know which time of the year should their play­ers go to the gyms and is it ev­ery player to utilise the gym. Why not spend the time with your at­tack­ing play­ers do­ing shoot­ing drills at the ground. It’s like your wife shop­ping for some gro­ceries and 90 per­cent of the items are not food stuffs when you know that your main food is sadza and there is no mealie-meal in the gro­ceries which is the main food in the house.


It is not just a co­in­ci­dence that al­most all the ex­cit­ing play­ers are good drib­blers of the ball, it is also a fact that all the best teams con­tain sev­eral play­ers who can beat op­po­nents by drib­bling. All drib­bling, how­ever, in­volves a risk.

A risk of be­ing dis­posed the point should be made, how­ever, that a high risk for one player may be a low risk for an­other. It should be ap­pre­ci­ated that the div­i­dends for drib­bling in de­fend­ing third of the field are low while the risk el­e­ment is high. In the at­tack­ing third of the field the re­v­erse is the case.

Play­ers who can drib­ble and who do so in the at­tack­ing third of the field are in­valu­able to a team. The at­ti­tude of play­ers to drib­bling is an im­por­tant fac­tor par­tic­u­larly when crowds are in­volved. Crowds can un­der­mine the con­fi­dence of a player by dis­miss­ing a failed drib­ble as self­ish, yet they would be the first to greet him as a hero if it suc­ceeds. Play­ers should al­ways re­mem­ber that drib­bling is a mat­ter of per­cent­ages and that even the best drib­blers are likely to fail more of­ten than they suc­ceed. Adopt­ing the cor­rect at­ti­tude to fail­ure and crit­i­cism there­fore is very much part of the match skill of drib­bling. There is a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence be­tween run­ning with the ball and drib­bling, most play­ers run with the ball.

To fre­quently but drib­ble less fre­quently than they could. Run­ning with the ball in­volves cov­er­ing ground with­out try­ing to drib­ble past op­po­nents when run­ning with the ball it is of­ten dis­ad­van­tage to main­tain close con­trol. The rea­son for this are that there is not usu­ally an op­po­nent in close prox­im­ity and fewer the touches re­quired on the ball the eas­ier it is for a player to get his head up and ob­serve the gen­eral state of the game. All ef­fec­tive drib­bling is based on com­bin­ing four qual­i­ties. Close con­trol

Abil­ity to feint and dummy Abil­ity to change di­rec­tion Abil­ity to change pace

A true fan

The true fan paints his house with team colours names his bay af­ter the en­tire first team squad, puts the team’s pic­tures up at work place and tears his work­mates pic­tures down sends play­ers cards on their birth­days. Puts the wife in pawn for games abroad and hi­jacks a plane to get there.

He bets his week’s wages plus wife’s house­keep­ing money plus house plus kids plus car on their cup chances says it was a fluke re­sult when they lose and re­fused to pay up, that’s a true fan not to leave home to go to the sta­di­ums with a mind to go and throw mis­siles and ston­ing op­po­site fans and cars out­side the sta­di­ums.

Amaz­ing fact

The first goal scored in the World cup was cred­ited to Luis Lau­rent for France against Mex­ico on the 14th of July 1930 in Mon­te­v­ide Uruguay

France Won 4-1

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