Bernard Parker laments poor youth development for strikers
Posted: 1 December 2017 Time: 17:30
Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker believes the main reason for South Africa's goalscoring struggles is down to the lack of proper youth development.
Parker recently reached the rare milestone of 50 goals for a single club, which has taken him over six years to reach since his arrival at Naturena back in 2011.
The PSL have lacked quality strikers for over a decade, with just three strikers managing 15 goals or more in the league season since the 2007/08 campaign.
Astonishingly, the last 15 Absa Premiership matches have produced only three wins, while six of them were goalless draws and a total of only 22 goals were scored – that's an average of 1,46 goals per match.
'Hond', who has two goals in seven starts so far this season, believes the reason for the sporadic scoring in the league is down to the supply as well as the poor development of strikers.
“A striker is dependent on the balls he gets provided with. If you don’t get the right balls, you can’t score or you are unable to put the ball in the back of the net often enough," Parker told his club's website.
“In general, strikers score one out of three goalscoring opportunities they get, that’s 33.3%. Scoring is also about applying the correct [kicking] technique, even when being put under heavy pressure by the defenders.
“However, let’s be honest, how many kids get taught about the technique needed to score goals? That’s where it starts.
"We can only solve our lack of scoring in the PSL if we go back to the basics, which is at the youth development level. That’s where the foundation is laid.”