Orlando Pirates legend Mark Fish has weighed in on the debate over his former club appointing a finishing expert, saying that even though it is a good step finishing cannot be taught.
The 44-year-old, who made 110 appearances for Pirates and was a member of the Bafana Bafana that lifted the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, spoke to Soccer Laduma at the announcement of the three winners of the Shield Sbonis’ iDiski campaign.
Pirates recently appointed Frenchman Stephane Adam as finishing expert, and Fish has given his views on the new member of Bucs’ technical team.
“If he helps the strikers with their movement off the ball, how they must approach scoring goals, then certainly it is a good move,” he said.
“But we must always remember that goalscoring is natural. We can’t teach someone to scoring goals.
“If he can help to improve the attacking play, because Pirates haven’t had a striker that can score over 15 goals for many years.
“We have already had goalkeeper coaches, then you can look at defensive coaches and midfield, too.
“But Orlando Pirates are certainly moving in the right direction where we can analyse specific roles on the field and at the moment the striking department for Pirates and many other teams (needs assistance).
“I think to encourage other teams to do it would be to use strikers that have played for or in South Africa, use the local players so that they can give the knowledge they have gained as players, give it back to up and coming players that want to score goals for the teams they are playing for.”
Fish was involved as an ambassador for the Shield campaign, which will see Joshua Roman, Ryan Adams and Thulo Thibatsi travel to Premier League side Chelsea this week to train at their state-of-the-art training facilities.
Upon their return next week, one of them will be announced as final winner of the campaign and earn a contract with Pirates’ MDC team.
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