Brito defends non-scoring strikers

Fungai Muderere in BULAWAYO

AT a time when Chicken Inn head coach Prince Matore feels the current crop of strikers lack the zeal of working extra hard to improve on their goal-scoring ratio, Highlanders gaffer Baltemar Brito feels otherwise.

With the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season having been punctuated by a lack of goals, Matore was of the view that the league’s forwards are failing to emulate yesteryear greats.

He said these greats usually conducted individual training sessions all in an effort to sharpen their technical abilities.

However, Brito said there was also a need to celebrate the defending and goalkeeping capabilities of players in other camps.

“When we speak of the number of goals, teams have proved to be equally competitive. 

“Us, as a team, we are not worried about our strikers. 

“We are not under pressure, we are happy. It doesn’t reflect badly. Last weekend against Black Rhinos we didn’t score more goals because their goalkeeper did well. 

“It’s not all about our strikers not delivering but we should praise talent from other teams. 

“It’s not a problem that the league has not witnessed more goals,” said Brito who boasts of a mean defence.

Bosso have only conceded four goals.

Their next assignment is a blockbuster duel against champions FC Platinum.

Meanwhile, with 19 games having been played so far, none of the 18 PSL clubs has exceeded the 25-goal mark.

Manica Diamonds are on 25 goals, Dynamos are on 24, Ngezi Platinum Stars and Bulawayo Chiefs have found the back of the net 23 times.

Herentals are on 21 goals.

For all the noise created by critics that the Students were being handicapped by fielding the oldest player in the league in their attack, they have fared better than many teams in their offensive unit.

They are one of the best scoring sides in the league.

Bottom-placed Black Rhinos have scored the least number of goals with only nine to their name.

Sheasham have also found the target nine times.

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