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Williams: Strikers Won’t Reach 15 Next Season

Legendary Bafana Bafana striker Mark Williams said that goal scorers in the ABSA Premiership won’t reach 15 goals next season.

Following last season’s campaign in which the top goal scorer only netted 10 goals in 30 games, Williams believed that next seasons strikers will go as far as 12 but will not surpass 15 goals.

“It won’t pass 15. We haven’t discovered strikers. One year the striker scores and then the next year they don’t score. People must understand that you find them raw and when they are raw they start scoring goals year in and year out by consistency,” he told Soccer Laduma.

Williams also said that because of the goal famine, the national team is struggling and that strikers need to be groomed from a young age.

“Our national team is suffering also, not just the local teams. We as ex- Bafana Bafana players need to go to the less fortunate areas and identify strikers and we need to nurture them so when they are 17 it becomes easy for them. So when they score it’s like having a nice chocolate.”

He also made an interesting comment by saying that he has the intentions of initiating a strikers academy whereby he could coach up and coming strikers and tweak them to be proper goal scorers.

“I want to open a striker’s academy. The guy needs to go to school and during first interval have a lesson like heading, just heading. Maybe in the next interval he could be chesting the ball. So by the time he is 13 he is ready.”

Williams felt strongly about the striking situation and that lacking in the goal scoring department is depriving national teams from entering World Cups and other competitions.

“Soccer is all about goals, if you don’t score you won’t play, you won’t be in the World Cups. We have been lacking in that for long now and that’s why I want to start a striking academy,” he added.

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