Former Jomo Cosmos striker Christopher Katongo says South Africa has a serious striking problem
Posted: 22 January 2018 Time: 18:45
Former Jomo Cosmos and Bidvest Wits striker Christopher Katongo says there is a striker crisis in the PSL.
The ex-Zambia international is best remembered for leaving South Africa halfway through the 2006/07 season with 15 goals to play in Denmark and no one was able to surpass the tally of goals by the end of the campaign.
He came back to collect the golden boot award. Katongo would seemingly have surpassed the 20-goal mark had he not left halfway through the campaign.
These days, however, there are no strikers as deadly as Katongo was. Not since Siyabonga Nomvethe in 2011/12 has a striker hit the 20-goal mark in a season.
Last season's top scorer Lebogang Manyama, now based in Turkey, finished on 13 goals and it remains to be seen if anyone can do better this season. The closest to that tally is Polokwane City’s Rodney Ramagalela, who is on nine goals this term and Mamelodi Sundowns' Percy Tau is just two behind him.
“There is a crisis, for sure. I think SAFA, everybody need to find a solution. It’s mostly the midfielders scoring the goals,” Katongo said.
“We still need top strikers. Don’t point fingers, we need everybody to figure out why top strikers are not being produced, like the Shaun Bartletts to mention a few. If they find a solution, there will be more South African strikers to bang in the goals.”
Katongo, who is now an assistant coach at Zambian outfit Green Buffaloes, says he took his job seriously and was determined to succeed as a striker during his playing days.
“For me it’s about dedication. In dedication there is discipline, a love for what I am doing, there is hard work and there is a dream. That’s what I was doing when I was a player.”