Jerry: Gabuza needs competition
Posted: 24 September 2017 Time: 08:30
Former Orlando Pirates striker Jerry 'Legs of Thunder' Sikhosana is uncomfortable with the club's reliance on forward Thamsanqa Gabuza.
Pirates, who recently sold Zimbabwean hitman Tendai Ndoro to Saudi outfit Al Faisaly, have found goals hard to come by this season despite their promising start to the campaign which took a knock with a 1-0 loss at Bidvest Wits on Saturday night.
Gabuza has largely been tasked with leading the line, while Bucs coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojević also has the likes of teenager Lyle Foster, Bernard Morrison, Ayanda Nkosi and Thabiso Kutumela as options upfront.
"It's a coincidence that you are calling me because I am here with 'Spiderman' [Brian Baloyi] in Durban in a meeting and we are talking about the same issue of strikers and goalkeepers," Sikhosana told KickOff.com when asked for his opinion on the matter.
"The issue of strikers is not only a cause for concern at Pirates but the whole country.
"I don’t know when the time will come for anyone or a high-profile person to address this issue and make use of the experience of ex-football players and help solve the issue of both goalkeeping and strikers in the country. I think we need to come to the party and maybe start an academy where we can help solve the situation."
Sikhosana added: "Technically I don’t how Pirates are operating in terms of playing with strikers and remember, now it’s a modern game. I also don’t know who the club might have but I know there is still Ayanda Nkosi and also Kutumela, who I am not sure is more comfortable playing as a winger or striker.
"It's not good for a big team like Pirates to play under pressure after scoring a goal. I have been impressed with how Golden Arrows have been doing in front of goals. I would love to see big teams like Pirates, Chiefs and Sundowns also scoring a high number of goals in a match.
"Having one striker is not good for a club like Pirates because players tend to relax when there is no competition. I am not saying Gabuza is relaxing but ut will be great to see more players fighting for the same position to create that competition."