Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates striker Marks Maponyane believes that the country’s coaches need to play off-form strikers through their dry spells to show confidence in their abilities.
Maponyane talked to Sport24 about the inconsistency of team selection at many PSL clubs and he suggested that it is difficult for strikers to perform when they are not sure if they will be playing or not.
“As a striker you just have to focus on your game and be the best that you can be and hope that you are in the starting line-up,” Maponyane said.
“If you are consistent then you will obviously command a place.
“The only way not to be side-lined by any coach is to do exactly what they expect of you.”
“The coach should take you off if you are scoring consistently but not when you are struggling because that can affect your confidence.”
There continues to be a lot of criticism leveled at South African strikers for not scoring enough but Maponyane insists that we need to look at strikers in terms of what else they can bring to a team.
“I don’t think it is about scoring sometimes; yes you are there to score but the most important thing is that can you make a difference."