Worst Foreign Striker – Norikazu Murakami (No. 27)
Posted: 12 January 2015 Time: 12:01 pm
KickOff.com’s Lovemore Moyo is counting down the 30 worst foreign strikers to grace these shores in the PSL era – and at number 27 is former Platinum Stars man Norikazu Murakami.
27 - Norikazi Murakami (Platinum Stars and Golden Arrows)
Murakami is the only Japanese footballer to ever play in the PSL. He made 17 starts and 14 substitute appearances in the PSL and scored four goals - all of which were during his first season (2009/10) at Platinum Stars. He was then transferred to Golden Arrows where he also lasted a single year.
At Stars he started 10 games and came on as a substitute in another nine games under Steve Komphela, but when Owen da Gama returned to the club the following season he was transfer-listed, resulting in the move to Durban where seven starts and five substitute outings didn’t produce any goals.
The return was not good enough for a foreign striker, which is why Arrows chose to let him go.
After that he left to play German fourth-tier football for Alemannia Aachen and SV Wilhelmshaven where he was said to be playing last year.
Murakami was not really a bad player as he had decent pace, a bit of skill plus could pack a powerful shot.
Being Japanese maybe he struggled with the local cuisine or perhaps his Pacific Ocean island's lack of footballing pedigree worked against him when under the watch of Komphela, Zoran Filipovic and Ernst Middendorp.