‘PSL scoring is a consistency issue’
Posted: 20 February 2018 Time: 13:00
Ajax Cape Town striker Tashreeq Morris feels PSL strikers lack consistency, contributing to the low tally of goals netted by individuals in the Absa Premiership.
Scoring goals seems to be a perennial problem in local football, with the most goals scored by the league’s Golden Boot winner over the past five years being 14 – a tally reached by Moeketsi Sekola in the 2014/15 campaign, as well as Collins Mbesuma a season later.
Polokwane City’s Rodney Ramagalela currently tops the table with nine goals with just a third of the season remaining, with Morris leading Ajax’s scoring chart with just five.
And the 23-year-old admits scoring regularly is a problem for many frontmen in the league.
“I personally think it’s a consistency issue, where strikers in South Africa are concerned,” he said. “If you look at the top scorers' lists in the top leagues in Europe, every season you’ll see the same names there, whereby in South Africa it differs every season.
“For example, in England, top striker Harry Kane will be up there for three seasons in a row. Jamie Vardy will be there also, but in South Africa you always have different names. So it’s a matter of consistency.”
Morris, whose best return was nine goals across all competitions three seasons ago, admits he’d love a move abroad in future, but insists his focus is now on helping his struggling club climb up the table from their current 15th-placed position.
“It’s the ultimate dream for any South African footballer to play abroad, but at the moment, my personal goals go hand in hand with the team – we need results, I want to score goals, so if I put goals into the back of the net, results will come,” he said. “We just need to concentrate and focus when we get the opportunities and put the ball into the back of the net.”
Ajax are next in action on Sunday as they travel to fellow strugglers Golden Arrows.