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'Our Inability To Score Has Nothing To Do With Our Strikers...'

We continue to talk to talented local author and passionate supporter Molifi Tshabalala, who wrote a book called Thoughts of an Ordinary Citizen. He has been sharing bits of it with us, and suggested that the reason we struggle to score has nothing to do with our strikers or lack thereof.

"Another perception that Mashaba and some people peddle is that a lack of prolific strikers in the country makes it difficult for us to win. Again, this perception has become a conventional wisdom. This shows how our coaches are not keeping up with a currently used strikerless system, the false nine. The system, which dates back to the 1930s, suits a team or a country that is blessed with more midfielders than strikers, like ours.

"The system gained prominence with Roma player Francesco Totti in the 2000s, and Lionel Messi perfected it at FC Barcelona under Pep Guardiola. Spanish head coach Vicente del Bosque followed suit in the Euro 2012 final against Italy. He used Cesc Fabregas as the false nine.

"In South Africa, we still prefer a traditional two-striker system. Orlando Pirates fans, for example, criticised Erik Tinkler for playing a lone striker. They wanted him to partner Kermit Erasmus with Lehlohonolo Majoro up front.

"If one looks at a success of Kaizer Chiefs in recent seasons under Stuart Baxter, it boiled down to the strikerless system. Baxter played Bernard Parker as the false nine. In this position, Parker was unstoppable. He became a 2012/13 PSL top goalscorer. With Steve Komphela, who has replaced Baxter, he seems to be lost.

"The so-called goalscoring crisis does not hold water. Under Baxter, Kaizer Chiefs scored goals from all departments except goalkeeping. However, with his precise ball distribution, Itumeleng Khune contributed to some goals." – Molifi Tshabalala

What do you think of Molifi's point of view? Do you agree?

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