David Temwanjira

PSL Strikers fire blanks

Fungai Muderere
A TOTAL of 299 goals were scored in the first half of the 2018 Castle Lager Premier League, a show that players are not as sharp at goal compared to last season.

Last seasona��s total goal tally stood at 620 and 48 percent of that goals tally has been scored so far in the 2018 season.

The development suggests the league, which is on a mid-season break, is offline with regards to goal scoring.

PSL coaches that include Highlandersa�� Madinda Ndlovu and Chicken Inna��s Joey Antipas have been on record saying the current crop of strikers lack firepower.

Ex-Shabanie Mine striker David Temwanjira, who recently signed for ZPC Kariba leads the local goalscorers chart with nine goals, one ahead of Ngezi Platinuma��s Terrence Dzukamanja and John Zhuwao of CAPS United.

Leading sports analyst Muziwethu Hadebe says more goals are set to come in the second half the season.

a�?I think it obviously depends on the season. David Temwanjira has done very well considering that he has been scoring for Shabanie Mine, a club that has been struggling. Ita��s quite an achievement for him and for Dzukamanja, who is not an out and out striker to score eight goals it means a lot. We are likely to get more goals, from teams and that will be coupled with the fact that bottom placed clubs will be seeking to survive by posting wins,a�? said Hadebe.

The lack of goals in Zimbabwean football has previously come to the fore. In 2016, then CAPS United forward Leonard Tsipa walked away with the Castle Lager Premiership Golden Boot with a paltry 11 goals after 30 matches.

In the previous season Makepekepea��s Dominic Chungwa, who is now based in South Africa,A� scored 17 goals to finish five ahead of Black Rhinosa�� Lot Chiwunga and Dynamosa�� Christian Epoupa.

In the last decade, only Evans Chikwakwai in 2008 (Njube Sundowns), Nyasha Mushekwi, 2009, (CAPS United) and Norman Maroto in 2010, (Gunners) have managed to surpass the 20-goal mark.

Since then, Zimbabwean football has been in serious need of unearthing the next goal poacher with goals seemingly drying up.