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How Will We Find Our Messi If We Won't Field Our Letlotlo?

South African strikers – this is a tough point of debate and one that is never settled. Where do we find them? How do we train them? When will the goals start raining in? Some of our supporters think it comes down to having a killer instinct; one is born with it, not taught it. Others believe the problem lies with our development and coaching.

"But killer instinct can be developed. There should be a strikers coach, like a goalkeeping coach," Soccer Laduma website user SirLeeroy246 argued.

Another supporter had an interesting point, encompassing quite a few off-field factors that are preventing our goalscorers from flourishing. Maybe the problem is our football culture? Maybe we, as the supporters, are as much to blame?

"Just imagine Messi starting at 18 to learn football basics," SL user Zax5_Bucs said.

"How can we produce the same if we fear to throw Letlotlo and Ngubo in the big sea?

"The problem is not on the pitch but outside the field.

"We are all to blame… Coaches are not giving players a chance at a young age, management is not doing enough to scout talent, and fans are overdemanding and forcing coaches to field proven cows."

The problem presented here is one that many supporters are struggling to comprehend. Why is it that talented youngsters such as Emmanuel Letlotlo are not getting a chance on the big stage? Is it our fault for demanding instant success from our coaches?

Why are we not developing youngsters at a faster rate? Is it something we used to do, or has our footballing culture always been like this?

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