Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has observed that
there is a serious dearth of strikers in the Cosafa zone.
Mosimane said this at the end of Sundowns five-day training camp in Zambia
on Thursday where they played three pre-season friendlies against Copper belt
clubs winning two and drawing one.
One particular trend that Mosimane noted was a lack of quality striker’s in
the three teams Sundowns faced in which they conceded just one goal.
“It looks like we are losing the firepower in the region. In South Africa we
are relying on African countries but more on Zambians and Zimbabweans like the
(Christopher) Katongo's have been here and scored goals, (Collins) Mbesuma has
been here and scored goals including James Chamanga-all those guys,"
"But I see also now at this point in the time that we played important
teams in Zambia, strong teams but the finishing was not good. I thought in
South Africa we had challenges in the finishing but then I see it also here in
a country where we ship strikers from, and saw the finishing it is not good
"You can’t blame anybody. It is us the coaches, we need to do something
and make sure the SADC region becomes stronger for us to do better in the CAF
Champions League and other competitions. We need to do something to up the
"Let’s be honest now, nobody scores a lot in South Africa outside the
era of Benni McCarthy, Shaun Bartlett and Katlego Mphela, it’s the odd goal
this one or that one.
"The last five, six, seven, eight games in Zambia too; it is slowing
down also you don’t have your own top striker like we knew Katongo would score,
or someone like that."