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When Will The Goals Come?

Goalscoring has been a big problem in the PSL for quite some time now, with strikers coming under some serious scrutiny. It's a problem that has not only affected clubs locally, but has had a direct ripple effect on the national team too.

Fans debate about this issue daily, with many believing it is just a phase the league and country is going through. Nevertheless, we'd have to go back to the 2004/05 Absa Premiership season to find a forward who netted more than 20 goals in a single campaign.

Yes, the last time such a feat happened was when Kaizer Chiefs striker Collins Mbesuma bagged an impressive 35 goals in all competitions, with 25 of them being scored solely in the league.

Mbesuma is not South African, though – the last Mzansi-born star who came closest to that feat was Siyabonga Nomvethe, when he scored 20 goals in all competitions (19 in the league) for Moroka Swallows in the 2011/12 season.

That essentially means that, in the past five years, the PSL has been in a "blunt phase", in which no player has managed to reach 20 goals in a single league campaign.

Players, particularly strikers, playing of for clubs such as Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns often cite the "park the bus" tactic used by smaller clubs to stop the bigger teams from scoring against them.

Bafana Bafana legend Mark Williams has had much to say about this issue as he was a prolific goalscorer in his day. He mentioned he would even consider initiating a "strikers academy" to groom young aspiring forwards.

How do you think the goalscoring problem can be fixed? 

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