Lack of goals returned to haunt Bafana
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE just-ended Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup has highlighted the dearth of goal scorers in South Africa.
The action- packed regional tournament, while it will be remembered as one of giant-killing acts, will always be etched in the memories of followers as one where the host nation failed to find the net.
To imagine the other participants, including the so-called minnows such as Lesotho, Swaziland, Seychelles and Mauritius, managed to score, makes for horrendous reading as far as the Bafana Bafana is concerned.
The team fired blanks in the quarterfinal game against neighbouring Botswana and had to pay the penalty as The Zebras sent them crashing out of contention with a 7-6 shootout victory.
South Africa were handed a lifeline to at least contest the Plate but failed to salvage lost pride against Malawi, again bowing out after a 5-4 loss on penalties following a goalless match.
To further highlight the embarrassment, Madagascar’s Sarivahy Vombola managed five goals to finish the top goalscorer of the tournament, one ahead of Namibian duo of Deon Hotto and Benson Shilongo.
Although Bafana would claim they had roped in new players to showcase their talent, it is the lack of goals that has caused grave for concern among soccer fans, administrators and former football greats.
The COSAFA tournament came in the back of a Premier Soccer League (PSL) season that saw the top goal scorer finish with 14 goals, averaging less than one goal every two matches.
– CAJ News
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