'Chippa' and Tsutsulupa speak out on Bafana striker crisis
Posted: 22 March 2012 Time: 9:54 am
Philemon Masinga and Lefa Tstsulupa tell KickOff.com that fielding a veteran striker in the Bafana Bafana set-up might provide the kind of composure that Pitso Mosimane is looking for.
Moroka Swallows striker Siyabonga Nomvete and Benni McCarthy of Orlando Pirates are both aged 34, but have been rolling back the years in the League and scoring crucial goals.
Nomvete has ruled out a return to Bafana although his coach Gordon Igesund still believes he has he ability to make a meaningful contribution.
“We all know that Bafana have a problem upfront but we must be realistic,” says Masinga.
“Calling up two 34-year olds to the national team would be unfair on the younger players that are doing well," the former Leeds United and national team striker says. “Perhaps fielding one of them might work, but not for 90 minutes.
"Benni has been doing well because Pirates have been using him as an impact player."
Moroka Swallows skipper Tsutsulupa – who plays alongside Nomvete – says players who have been in the game for a long time have a calming effect on the team.
“Experienced players who have played at the highest level are important in terms of calming the nerves of the rest of the players,” he says.
Mosimane, who used three attacking players in the 0-0 draw against Senegal at the beginning of this month, again bemoaned a number of missed chances after the game.