Herentals’ goal scoring crisis
15 May 2018
HERENTALS coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva could be looking at the prospect of graduating strikers from their Under-20 team in an effort to address the goal scoring woes they are enduring in the Premier Soccer League.
Herentals U20, which plays in the Northern Region Soccer League, has three strikers that are making headlines in the First Division and are among the leading goal scorers at this stage.
The Herentals U20 trio of Salif Cheya (four goals), Clinton Jimu (three) and Clement Ncube (two) have shared nine goals in eight games.
“We are still considering them since they are within our system,” Mutiwekuziva told H-Metro.
“I think we are going to have a very close look at them so that we can find maybe goal getters for the mid-season.”
Scoring goals is something the Herentals strikers of Blessing and Archmore Majarira and Tinotenda Benza are missing, so far, in the Premiership.
Of the Premiership strikers, only Blessing has scored once against ZPC Kariba which was Herentals’ first win while in totality the entire team has managed four goals courtesy of William Kapumha, Jean Mutudza and Aaron Chiwandamidzi.
Although the PSL and the NRSL are deemed different leagues, there is peddled belief that the First Division trio, if added, could bolster the existing Premiership strikeforce to make Herentals realise their full potential in the top flight.
“I think Blessing, Archmore and Tinotenda they are not getting goals. So we are considering them (First Division trio) because they belong to us and at the same time they are going through developmental process.
“I think one or two will future. I think one or two will make it into the senior team since its (mid-season transfer window) around the corner. We have been considering them even before the start of the season of the Premier League.”
Herentals’ Premiership squad has been a marvel to watch, stretched some of their opponents to the elastic limit and created multiple scoring opportunities.
But conversion of those created chances still remains a concern and has downplayed successes that Herentals could be carrying now other than just the 10 points.
It’s a given that goals win matches and this is something Herentals need as soon as yesterday to stand at a good platform.
Mutiwekuziva knows very well that he needs goal getters but, however, appears to also have his fears in reaching out for the First Division trio.
“This (Premiership) is a big stage for them so we don’t want to jeopardise their future. We can quickly bring them into the senior team then they start to flatter that’s what we want to avoid.
“We want to give them more time to develop then we can just add them into the Premier League.
“They are our youngsters we are looking forward to that they are still under development that’s why they are playing in the developmental team but we look forward that they will make the grade when the time is up,” he said.
Herentals’ upcoming assignment is away to Mutare City Rovers at Vengere Stadium in Rusape.