DISMAL SEASON FOR PSL STRIKERS
By: Lungelo Ngcamu
It has been a dismal year for forwards in the Premier Soccer League. The season comes to an end this weekend, but the top goal scorer has bagged just 10 goals.
Former Kaizer Chiefs player John ‘’Shoes’’ Moshoeu believes that Bernard Parker has just ten goals due to the lack of quality supply from Chiefs midfielders.
“Our local teams are playing more defensive which is one of the main reason for our strikers to struggle score goals,” Moshoeu told Iziko Sport. “The game has to be influenced by the midfield. If the midfield does not attack and supply good passes, no goals can be scored.
“Our strikers are not receiving through balls. If you look at the goals that are scored in our league are from dead ball situations most of the time,” he added.
Sometimes Parker has to seek the ball from deep midfield, which is something clearly shows the lack of skillful midfielders in his team.
In his first season at Chiefs, Parker struggled as he bagged just three goals. In the following season, he pulled up his socks and scored 14 goals.
This is not the first time for our local league strikers to struggle in scoring goals but it’s happened several times in the past. Jackie Ledwaba, James Chamanga, Mame Niang and Katlego Mashego are among other strikers who’ve been top goal scorers but failed to reach more than 15 goals.
Collins Mbesuma bagged 25 goals to accomplish golden boot campaign in a respectable way – ensuring that Amakhosi retain 2004/05 PSL title. That midfield was built with the likes of Moshoeu, Arthur Zwane, Tenashe Nengomasha and the late Scara Ngobese.
With a few games before we bid the season farewell, it is unlikely that Parker – who hasn’t scored in more than 10 matches – will reach 15 goals.
The scenario is reflected in Bafana Bafana where strikers fail to score. It is the issue that needs a solemnly attention.