Daniel Mudau: Orlando Pirates' strikers need to be more ruthless in front of goal

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The retired goalscorer has indicated that there are too many midfielder-come-strikers in the PSL

Mamelodi Sundowns legend Daniel Mudau has shared his views on Orlando Pirates' misfiring strikers.

The Soweto giants have had a problem in front of goal this season - having netted only four goals in five matches in all competitions. 

They have failed to score from open play in three PSL matches with Justin Shonga having scored twice in the competition from the penalty spot, while the other goal was an own goal by Chippa United defender Gerald Modisane. 

Mudau, who scored over 100 goals for Sundowns in the PSL, believes that indecisiveness in front of goal has been a problem for Pirates.

“When they are going to the 18 area they’re having a problem scoring goals,” Mudau told the Mail and Guardian

“They go there nicely but their finishing touches are not okay. As a striker you have to make sure you are focused so that if the opportunity presents itself you can make sure to put the ball in the back of the net," he continued. 

Bucs forwards Shonga and Thamsanqa Gabuza have both been guilty of missing big chances this season.

“Look at the strikers that we have today; there aren’t many out-and-out strikers — they have been converted to be strikers; a lot of them are midfielders,” Mudau continued. 

“For a striker, it’s all about knowing how to score goals, how to run, how to beat defenders, in which area must he be in. It’s not about the players themselves," he added.  

Mudau feels that Pirates are missing strikers like Marks Maponyane and Jerry Sikhosana, who were both lethal forwards for the Bucs during their playing days.

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"They don’t have those outright strikers like myself, Marks Maponyane, Jerry Sikhosana. If you see our midfielders, they are midfielders-cum-strikers," Mudau said. 

“As a striker, you don’t need to score a beautiful goal. Supporters don’t want to see a beautiful goal; they just want to see you score and get three points. That’s what they want," concluded.

Pirates will take on Black Leopards in a league match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday.