Goal scoring has always been a problem in the league, and a lot of the time the fault gets placed on the shoulders of the number nines or the strikers. However, should the midfielders not be blamed too?
The story of Kingston Nkhatha being booed by the Chiefs fans is one that has long be recited, but the fact that other strikes, like Phil Masinga and Lennox Bacela, get jeered too shows that the criticism of forwards in Mzansi is widespread.
In an extensive interview in Soccer Laduma’s issue 910 and the Supporters Club, Bacela finally stood up for the attacking players in the league, by claiming: “They [the fans] look at the end result. They don’t look at how the number nine helped that player reach that position to score.”
Critics often tore Nkhatha to pieces for frequent misses, while the same can be said about many other forwards in Mzansi, but few have noted the hard work the Chiefs man did.
Nkhatha was often seen running into areas, dragging the defenders wide and creating space for the other forwards and midfielders to score. This, back in the older days, was reserved for the playmaker.
However, the midfielders are not always on par when it comes to creating goals. They can sometimes be seen trying to entertain the supporters rather than play the ball directly at the feet of the strikers for them to score.
It is because of this that the attackers in the PSL are forced to adapt to ball-carrying roles rather than a being a target man or a traditional goal poacher inside the box. If more chances were being created, those misses may not be as amplified.
It is a tricky situation to understand and there are issues whichever way you look at it. Which area do you think is the problem?