Ex-Downs & Chiefs player unimpressed with current PSL strikers

Former Mamelodi Sundowns star striker Katlego Mphela reckons he would’ve scored more goals than the current PSL hitmen this season.

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‘Killer’ was a top striker in the South African top-flight during his playing time bagging 58 league goals in 162 appearances.

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane and former star striker Katlego Mphela during his stint With Sundowns.
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The current Absa Premiership top goalscorer by far is Gabadinho Mhango, who has already netted 14 in 21 games, however, Mphela is not impressed by the current players.

“I think it’s different [from my time as a player]. You know strikers are judged by the number of goals they score. I don’t think the [PSL] strikers are doing okay,” Mphela told Energy FM.

“You can do as much hard work as you want but if you are not scoring goals then it’s difficult.

“So, I think the guys need to go back to the drawing board and start working hard. To score goals, you need to do extra training – you can’t wait for the coach or wait for the match to come; you need to dig deeper.”

When the 35-year-old former Bafana Bafana striker was asked how many goals he would have scored this season, he touched on various factors.

“By now? It depends on many factors – it depends on the team you play for and the players you have around you but [goalscoring] chances are thereā€¦ I’d easily [have] scored 20 goals because of my ability and my belief in working hard. I always did extra training so that when I get to the match it becomes easier.”

The former Chiefs striker’s most prolific season in the PSL was in 2009/10 term when he scored 17 goals for Sundowns in 30 games.