Cape Town - Bafana Bafana can’t buy a goal at the moment, and it is
The two goalless draws that led to penalty shootout defeats
in last month’s low key COSAFA Cup were one thing, but the 0-0 draw on Saturday
against Gambia has already raised questions over Bafana’s AFCON 2017 credentials
just one game into qualifying.
That there is a shortage of quality strikers in the country
is common knowledge. Since Benni McCarthy and Shaun Bartlett, only Katlego
Mphela can hold his head high when it comes to Bafana strikers at international
level, having scored 23 goals in 53 appearances.
But since then the likes of Bernard Parker, Lehlohonolo
Majoro and, more recently, Bongani Ndulula have all failed to stamp their
authority on the striking position. Thamsanqa Gabuza was Bafana’s option on
Saturday, but that decision also didn’t work out.
Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba pointed out on Monday that goals
should come from everywhere, and one name jumps out as a possible source when
glancing across the current squad.
Thulani Serero has resurrected his international career under
Mashaba, and any Bafana side appears more pedigreed when the Ajax Amsterdam
midfielder’s name is on the team sheet.
Serero was in a relaxed mood on Monday, appearing unflustered
ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against Angola at Cape Town Stadium.
"We were just unlucky (against Gambia). We created the
chances and just couldn’t finish them off, which we’ll hopefully do in the next
Serero said that he did not feel any extra pressure to break
Bafana’s scoring drought, being one of the players in the setup who plays at
the highest level in Europe.
"I think that when we come to the national team we are all
equal and we must all work hard to get into the team,” said Serero.
"Everybody must do it. I don’t feel any pressure because
everybody who comes to the national team is as good as I am. Anybody can do the
And Bafana’s poor form in front of goal was not for lack of
trying, added Serero.
"If you watch the training we always work on it," he said.
"It will happen as time goes on because we cannot miss so
many chances in a game. It’ll get better."
Kick-off on Tuesday is at 15:00.