Sundowns have scored a mere three goals eight games into the season – an appalling statistic for a club that boasts the record of having scored the most goals at 743 in 512 League games that they have played in the history of the PSL since 1996.
The Brazilians have been averaging 11.125 goals in the first eight games of the previous 16 years, and the three goals they have managed so far this season puts an ugly scar on their proud scoring rate.
So terrible have Sundowns been in front of goal that they haven’t netted in their last five League games – a run of over seven-and-a-half hours – and by the time they play Orlando Pirates in their next match on November 7, they will have gone over two months without scoring.
The Brazilians last scored against in the 2-1 defeat to Maritzburg United on September 2, with Nyasha Mushekwi’s late strike merely reducing the deficit.
Besides Mushekwi, the only other Sundowns player who has scored is Thami Sangweni, who slammed home the winner in the opening day victory against Chippa United, with the third goal accredited to The Brazilians coming off Itumeleng Khune, who directed Clayton Daniels’ shot into the net after it had struck the upright.
Prior to their latest scoring troubles, the worst that Sundowns had managed at the quarter-mark of any season was six goals in the 1996-97, 2001-02 and 2006-07 seasons.
Only Bloemfontein Celtic and Jomo Cosmos have had a scoring worse start after both netted just twice in the opening eight games in 1996-97 and 2004-05 seasons respectively. In those two seasons Celtic and Cosmos both finished in the bottom half.
However, Sundowns is not the only team that has been horrific in front of goals as fellow strugglers AmaZulu have also scored just three times.