Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has recently spoken about his desire to find a new striker who will score about 12 goals and lead the team to CAF Champions League success, but are there options locally?
Mosimane’s top scoring player last season was midfielder Lebohang Maboe, who was sometimes used as a false nine, a position he was able to perform well in due to the fact that he is a hard running player. Jeremy Brockie has not quite lived up to his nickname “The Sniper” and could leave the club, while South American Emiliano Tade took a bit of time to find his feet after joining the team in January from AmaZulu, though he could get going once he has a pre-season with the team and understands his teammates a bit more.
Sundowns have the money to afford any striker locally and Mosimane would love to reinforce upfront, but he may find that there are not many options in the PSL, when it comes to finding a striker who will get to double figures.
Evans Rusike, who plays for rivals SuperSport United, is said to have attracted Mosimane’s interest. He scored five league goals, but was used in a different role on the left side of midfield. Had he played in a more central role, the Zimbabwean would probably have scored more.
Bloemfontein Celtic’s Tshegofatso Mabasa finished the campaign on nine league goals, enjoying his best season yet in the top flight. Celtic would need the money to balance the books, with their financial difficulties at the moment.
The league’s top scorer Mwape Musonda, Harris Tchilimbou, Polokwane City’s Mohammed Anas, Knox Mutizwa are other options for the former Bafana Bafana coach.
If Mosimane cannot find a striker locally, he will probably look on foreign land for someone to get Sundowns the goals.