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Why Do Zimbabweans Make Such Good Strikers?

Tendai Ndoro, Evans Rusike, Khama Billiat, Knowledge Musona… The list seems endless. Some of the most dangerous men in front of the net happen to come from our neighbors, Zimbabwe. Is there a reason for this?

"It's the hunger, and the money," said Shepard Sithole, a Zimbabwean now living in Cape Town.

"There is a lot of talent in Zimbabwe, the boys are strong, they eat a lot of pap.

"The only problem is that there is no money, you can't play for peanuts.

"That's why they come to South Africa and play their hearts out, they know they have to make it here… It's their only option."

Supporters Club also caught up with another Zimbabwean, Luke Sibanda, a school teacher from Bindura, who believes the answer lies in the country's schools.

"Despite all the problems in Zimbabwe, we have a pretty sound schooling system," he said.

"On top of this, sport is love here. They made cricket compulsory in most schools and you can see its effect. Soccer is going the same way."

Sibanda feels that scoring goals was in their blood. Furthermore, he and Sithole both agree that Zimbabwean strikers come to South Africa and shine.

"They have a hunger to score goals and better their lives as they know a goalscorer is a hot commodity in South Africa," Sibanda concluded.

Why do you think a lot of the top strikers in the PSL are foreign? Is it just coincidence, or is there a reason?


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