Komphela puts blame on Chiefs, Pirates


Steve Komphela explains why Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates' failure to sign or develop South African strikers is hurting the country.

Komphela has offered a thought-provoking rationale behind a longstanding South African football struggle that has seen many top coaches fail to find success with Bafana Bafana.

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The national team is yet to find a striker that can emulate the likes of Benni McCarthy and Shaun Bartlett, who scored 60 goals for the country between the two of them.

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The Golden Arrows coach has questioned the lack of South African-born quality goalscorers in the league as foreign strikers keep dominating the charts.

"Goalscorers are just, I don't know where to find them. We need to get them and they are not there," Komphela says. "In South Africa let's check. At Chiefs who are the strikers? They are all foreign except Lebogang Manyama. At Orlando Pirates? Led by a foreigner. Mamelodi Sundowns? Led by a foreigner.

"Bidvest Wits has Gift Motupa as well, not playing but the coach was complaining that they score two goals over a season, [Mxolisi] Macuphu too. [Bradley] Grobler at SuperSport United.

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"Back then you had the late Phil Masinga. I don't want to talk about the likes of Fani Madida. Listen, you were spoilt for choice. Shaun Bartlett, just strikers all over."

The former Bafana Bafana coach believes the struggle to find proper finishers will be a problem for Molefi Ntseki, just like it has been for almost every coach since Stuart Baxter.

"Where are these guys? Now I'm trying to say it's not going to help Molefi Ntseki. He's going to suffer because he's got qualifiers. He doesn't have a striker or he will get a striker from a modest team that is not used to pressure."

The last striker that promised to be the solution was Katlego Mphela, who scored 23 goals in 51 caps. At that strike-rate he could have eclipsed McCarthy's record if he had managed to remain consistent and injury-free. McCarthy scored 31 goals in 80 caps.

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Komphela explains why it is key to have a top Bafana Bafana striker playing for one of the big three in the PSL or the big leagues in Europe.

"If a player goes to the national team the pressure is immense, but if you bring a player from Chiefs or Pirates or Sundowns where there's huge pressure, he's used to it, so he will perform," he explains.

"But if you bring Steve Komphela playing for ABC United that is in position eight, nine or ten because he's scoring, then he gets there and the pressure is immense.

"The first indication is he's going to be under pressure from Pirates, Chiefs and Sundowns fans, so he will have to withstand that, and that is the nature of national team football.

"We don't have that. We need to have them"

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