Black Leopards' Mwape Musonda says PSL strikers should be ashamed of the low goal tallies
Posted: 12 January 2019 Time: 08:00
Golden Boot contender Mwape Musonda reckons PSL strikers should be ashamed of the low number of goals they score.
Last season then-Mamelodi Sundowns dangerman Percy Tau and Polokwane City's Rodney Ramagalela were the joint-top scorers in the PSL with 11 goals apiece.
Musonda, who has five league goals for Black Leopards this season, admits forwards in South Africa's topflight should be doing much better.
Highlands Park's Mothobi Mvala currently tops the Absa Premiership scoring charts with seven goals.
"I think as a striker if you check ... winning a top goalscorer with 11 goals, I think if you compare the number of goals strikers score overseas and what we get in here in the PSL for a top goalscorer, I think as strikers we should be ashamed," Musonda tells KickOff.com
"We need to work hard. At least if we can get 20 then I think that will be good for us as strikers. But I think 11 goals is just not enough. No, we should be ashamed as strikers my man, that's just not on, we can't. Like I said, 11 is just not enough, not just for me but as strikers in the league we should be ashamed that getting 11 goals will get us a Golden Boot.
"So for me, I won't put a number but as long as I can score as many goals as I can, then I think that will make me happy. I'm not going to put a number but ja I think looking at how I have regained my goalscoring form at the right time, so I think I can get that. I'm confident that I will beat 11. We still have 15 games to play as Leopards, so I think I'm confident that I'm going to beat 11. That one I'm confident."
Musonda, who shared the National First Division Golden Boot with Peter Shalulile with 15 goals last term, had a slow start to the current campaign, but says he never lost faith he would regain his touch.
"About regaining my goalscoring form, I mean it was always going to come. I was confident even the times I was not scoring in the start of the season. I always knew that all I needed was to get that one goal that was going to give me the confidence that sometimes is required to score goals. But once you get that goal you are able to find your feet, then you will always stand a chance to score goals in the coming games. I was not really adjusting because I know I can score goals and when the first one came I didn't look down. Obviously we didn't create too many chances, we should be creative ... I mean if you going to get one or two chances that's not enough because obviously you are going to miss one. If you create chances as a team then you stand a chance of scoring goals, so that's what I think is happening now. We are creating a lot of chances, the confidence is coming in. We are making sure that we are taking our chances with more confidence."
Asked how he plans to get more than 11 goals, Musonda says: "I mean goals are goals my man, not that I want to win the Golden Boot but I think I'm the one who takes penalties in the team. So if we get a penalty obviously I'm the first option. I won't say no to taking a penalty. I will always take those and make sure I put them in the back of the net. Ja man, every striker wants to score goals and then I think the reward it's just the bonus. The most important thing is that you help your team win something; you help your team achieve something. So as a striker if your team is losing then as a striker obviously you are not scoring goals, because the only way to win games is to score goals. So if I can score goals I help the team to stay in the PSL, or even more like maybe if we can make it to the top eight I think that will make me happy."
If the former Orlando Pirates man manages to finish the season as the top goalscorer it will be the first time a striker wins consecutive NFD and PSL Golden Boots.
"Yeah, I think that would be great, and you right I mean I have checked even the NFD top goalscorers when they went to the PSL they struggled to score goals. But the fact that I'm already on the top scorers' list that gives me confidence that I can do it again. So ja, I think that one is something I can look forward to."
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