Bunjira laments ‘goal drought’

Farirayi Kahwemba

Former CAPS United, Mamelodi Sundowns, Wits University and Warriors striker Alois Bunjira is disappointed with the low scoring rate among strikers in the local topflight as the second stage of the league resumes.


Bulawayo Chiefs striker Obriel Chirinda enjoys a slender lead at the summit of the scorers’ chart with nine goals after 17 matches and has become the top contender to win the Golden Boot award at the end of the season.


But in an interview with Review & Mail, Bunjira said the failure by any of the local strikers to reach double figures after 17 matches is a poor return that dents the status of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL).


“At this stage of the season, the top scorer should have about 15 goals because we are now at the halfway stage,” Bunjira said.


“However, the top scorer has just 9 goals at the moment and this is very worrying. The strikers are not scoring as regularly as they should and this should be a concern to all the coaches.


“Such a trend has been repeating itself for many seasons now. It is a goal drought. Goal scoring is an area that we have to address as a country. We must begin to teach young players at primary school to have the correct approach so that we can fix this problem,” said Bunjira.


“I think we are not coaching these kids the proper techniques and when they are older, they cannot change what they have been taught,” added Bunjira.


“A high scoring league is good for marketing and improving the profile of our football. Look at the best leagues in the world and you will see that players there are scoring many goals.


“We cannot celebrate a situation where none of the players have scored 10 or more goals at the halfway stage of the season. It is not right,” he pointed out.

Chirinda – who will have a chance to increase his goal tally when Bulawayo Chiefs take on Ngezi Platinum Stars at Boabab Stadium on August 5 – is followed by Manica Diamond’s hitman Fortune Binzi (8 goals), while William Manondo and Michael Charamba of CAPS United and Chicken Inn respectively are both on 6 goals.


Chicken Inn’s Malvern Hwata, Hwange’s Itayi Makopa, Ngezi Platinum’s Takunda Benhura, FC Platinum’s Walter Musona and Triangle United’s Wilson Mensa – who have all scored 5 goals – are the other players on the scorer’s chart.





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