Where are the strikers?

Where are the strikers?

Monday Nov 24, 2014. 16:04

At least 27 goals were scored over the weekend across eight beMOBILE Botswana Premier League games as the journey for the golden boot continues.

With Botswana Premier League teams having played 11 games thus far, the overall strike rate shows a less than a goal per game average, which has got a few people worried about the strikers in the BPL.

By this time last season strikers were on double figures and only slowed down in the second half of the season when the journey became tough.

This season it looks like the goals have dried up, but various coaches believe otherwise. A number of coaches in the league believe that sometimes it is not about strikers not scoring, but rather about defenders and goalkeepers doing really well.

“I wouldn’t say the defenders are very good, but they are not bad. Most teams are using foreign strikers especially the top sides. The strike rate is not satisfactory, but anybody can score goals and maybe strikers are neglected,” says Botswana technical officer and coach educator, Philemon Makhwengwe.

“It is up to the coaches to work on this problem. I am very worried. The national team only scored once in the AFCON 2015 group stages and that is a concern and should be addressed.

“If teams buy foreigners they must be very good players who mostly play for their national teams,” Makhwengwe continued.

Three foreign players in Sageby Sandaka, Jerome Louis and Lovers Mofokeng are all on six goals each.

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