The Absa Premiership matches played to date this season have proved
one thing - South African players find it very hard to score goals.
in point was the original Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Moroka
Swallows played at the former mecca of South African football, Orlando Stadium.
created a bucketful of chances but ended up losing the match 2-1. Actually Swallows only had two shots on
target the entire 90 minutes - and they resulted in goals!
this to the statistic that in the English Premiership season-opener, the Community Shield, at half-time Arsenal and Manchester City had recorded a total
of 10 shots at goal between them.
shows you that South African football is in dire straits.
Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns were held
to a 1-all draw in their first match in a game where they could have easily buried the opposition (Maritzburg United) in
an avalanche of goals.
typical of South African football, coaches are going to be victims of their
players' firing of blanks.
United coach Cavin Johnson and his Free State Stars counterpart Tom Saintfeit, are already toping the speculative list on who is
the coach who will be the first to get the proverbial chop this season.
after their respective 1-0 home losses to Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs.
you me, South African club bosses are not shy to pull the trigger on coaches.
though, nothing happens to the players who fail to convert even some of the
simplest scoring chances on the field. And honestly, there is nothing a coach
can do from the sidelines to put the ball in the back of the net.
is that the players we see week in and week out squandering chances, are the
same lot from which "Shakes" Mashaba must pick his Bafana Bafana squad.
very few South African players plying their trade overseas - something that
says a lot about local talent and its development - the bulk of Bafana Bafana players,
sadly, come from the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
what do PSL clubs do to combat the goal-scoring dilemma?
They go for a quick solution and employ
foreign players. They do this instead of combating the scourge through their
a result, we have seen many foreign players walk away with the top goal-scorer
of the year award. It does not end there, we have seen a lot of players who
make their living in the PSL put the sword on Bafana Bafana when our national
team plays against their nations.
lack of goals in our domestic soccer has made it so boring, such torture to
watch and has surely contributed to the dwindling crowds at the stadiums.
in turn makes for poor television shots as there are rows and rows of empty
seats and no real vibe at the stadiums when compared to a packed one.
soccer authorities must address these issues. Pronto!
The pitch of the Charles Mopeli Stadium on which the Free State Stars v Kaizer
Chiefs match was played, is not suitable for professional football.
was a sight for sore eyes on television.
needs to be done.
S’Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning well over 20 years. He is
currently City Press Sports Editor.
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