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Chiefs' Scoring Defenders

Lorenzo Gordinho got on the score sheet for Kaizer Chiefs this weekend, seeing him net his third goal of the season already. Do Chiefs rely on their defenders for goals?

The 22-year-old has been a regular in the Amakhosi backline since Tefu Mashamaite made his move to Europe at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, and his presence has seen him score a number of crucial goals.

Over the course of the past season and a bit, Gordinho has found the back of the net on six occasions, and he is the club's leading goalscorer so far in the 2016/17 campaign.

Steve Komphela has struggled to get his strikers to fire on all cylinders, and the past two seasons he has relied heavily on his defenders to push forward.

If Gordinho's goals aren't proof of that already, Erick Mathoho's five goals last season (across all competitions) is further indication of how reliant the club is on their backline.

"Tower" scored on three occasions in the Absa Premiership last term, seeing him salvage a point in two of the three games he found the back of the net in, and in the Telkom Knockout, Mathoho also scored in the club's 3-0 win over Platinum Stars and 2-1 triumph over Black Aces to ensure progression to the semi-finals of the tournament.

This latest change in attack hasn't just happened since Komphela took over at Naturena…

In fact, a similar situation unfolded when Stuart Baxter was in charge. The English tactician managed to get the best out of Mashamaite, and that also resulted in him scoring the decisive goal in the MTN8 final against Orlando Pirates.  

It definitely seems like Chiefs' defenders are rising to the occasion when the men up front aren't. What do you make of this situation – are Chiefs reliant on their defenders to score?


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