'Scoring has nothing to do with muthi'

Premiership

PSL strike legend Bunene Ngaduane believes the failure to have consistent scorers in domestic is linked to confidence issues that arise from the lack of investment in the art of goalscoring.

The PSL is headed for yet another season which will end with the top scorer having managed less than 20 league goals with the leading marksman Bradley Grobler on 14 with three games to play.

It is a concern that none of the PSL top scorers in the last eight years have reached 20 goals and this season the strikers from the big two - Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates - are nowhere to be seen on the scoring charts.

"Why isn’t there a striker coach when there is a goalkeeper coach and physical trainer in these teams? Is scoring not so important in football?" asks Ngaduane, a forceful forward through his time at Free State Stars who rose to become the club's record scorer with 79 goals before finishing off his top-flight career at Moroka Swallows.

"I feel pain in my heart when I see strikers missing chances and this has nothing to do with muthi. Even if you go and get muthi from a sangoma he will tell you that you must still shoot. If you don’t shoot, then you won’t score. I know that us African people are obsessed about muthi but muthi cannot work without you shooting at goal and trying to do the right things.

"There are strikers who are having confidence because when they shoot and miss, they then start getting afraid of trying again. A striker must have that crazy confidence because you will keep getting chances since everyone is playing to get the ball to you.

"Scoring goals is a specialist position because that is what makes the difference in games. So, it is important for a lot of effort to be put into the art of scoring seeing how teams are putting so much effort in defending. Goalscoring is the most important job so it must be given the most attention so that those tasked with goalscoring make it a habit from training.

"I have realised that some guys take things easy at training and for me that is where you get it wrong. The way they miss goals at training is the same way they miss in games. You must be already serious at training so that by the time you play games you are carrying the same energy. Don’t wait for the match to make it right," says Ngaduane, who was in double figures for five of the six-and-a-half years he played for Stars.

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