Kermit Erasmus has seen his best form in an Orlando Pirates jersey this season and on a personal level, he will end the campaign on career goal scoring high. For the first time in his career, Erasmus reached double figures on the goal scoring front and will look to continue on that path for the remainder of the season.
In this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma though, he gave us insights as to why strikers in South African football are not scoring enough goals, citing smaller teams parking the bus as the foremost reason.
“The problem is that the other teams see Pirates as a big team. When we play against them, they always sit back and park the bus. How many goals did Parker score last season? Only 10! Why is that? It’s because when teams play against Sundowns, Chiefs and Pirates, they sit back and defend,” he said.
“If you look at the Soweto derby, or Sundowns versus Chiefs, or Pirates versus Sundowns, you’ll see open games."
He also gave his opinion on how such a problem could possibly be treated by saying, “They train how to park the bus and catch us on the counter. I have said this many times before, there should be a power play rule where there can only be three at the back and when you defend, the rest of the players should be in the opposition half. With that, it will open up the game more and we will have more goals.”
Reflecting on Erasmus’ sentiments, do you think parking the bus is the reason why strikers are restricted in scoring goals, or is the supply just not good enough?