COMMENT: Why Cape Town City aren't scoring enough goals in Caf

McCarthy needs an outright striker if City are to mount a serious challenge in the Caf Confederation Cup

In football, all coaches and players will always tell you that there is no seamless team or performance because every game allows one to grow and rectify the mistakes of the past.

That could be the story to the high-flying Cape Town side, Cape Town City who are doing exceptionally well in the Caf Confederation so far.

In their debut campaign, the Citizens have bagged three wins on the trot, dating back to February in the preliminary stages.

Under the guidance of Benni McCarthy, they managed to claim wins over Swaziland’s Young Buffaloes over two legs, and will host Mozambique’s Costa Do Sol on Sunday on the back of a 1-0 win in the first leg last week.

Although as South Africans we would delight to see Premier Soccer League clubs do well against other African countries, McCarthy is aware that his men are not yet at the level required to go all the way.

Credit must go to the former Bafana Bafana striker for transforming the club into one of the big guns on the continent so far as they remain unbeaten, but he must show them a thing or two about what he used to do back in his hey-day - scoring goals.

City are not scoring enough goals and winning by a 1-0 margin away or at home is not always ideal in continental tournaments.

Goal takes a look at possible reasons behind the Mother City's side failure to score more than one goal in the Caf Confederation Cup. Could it go down to the strikers lacking the killer instinct or down to the creation of few chances?

Benni McCarthy of Cape Town City

City are known as a team that goes all out and they attack using the likes of Ayanda Patosi, Sibusiso Masina, Thabo Nodada among others as they rely on supply from the likes of Teko Modise and Roland Putsche.

Just this week, City matched Orlando Pirates pound for pound and they were unlucky to net just a single goal after creating plenty of goalscoring chances.

Although the majority of football fans have not watched their first three games in the competition against Buffaloes and Do Sol, their lack of goals in the tournament could be blamed on a lack of composure in front of goal.

With the majority of City players making their debut in the inter-club competition, stage fright and fear to play with freedom away from home could also be another factor.

On the other hand, the late signings of Matthew Rusike, Kenya’s Masoud Juma and Uganda’s Allan Katerrega means Benni might be struggling to have an outright striker upfront.

The trio arrived in January just after the departure of Lehlohonolo Majoro; the man who was their number nine and a goal-poacher of note, they are not registred in Caf competitons.

Cape Town City Caf PS

Moreover, their lack of enough goals could be due to the fact that City could only recently beat Chippa United 2-0 as well as a 3-0 win over Platinum Stars – which are their biggest wins this season and it (Stars win) came last year - this tells McCarthy must do something to sharpen his attack.

Turning focus to the last line of defence, led by the likes of Tariq Fielies, Robyn Johanne, Tshepo Gumede and Edmilson Dove and goalkeepers in Shua-Aib Walters and Sage Stephens, it deserves all the credit because they have kept three clean sheets so far in Africa.

An argument doing the rounds is that a solid defence will definitely win you titles, but good goalscorers will contribute in winning games and trophies for any team, where does City stand here?

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A solid defence is always crucial in any league or competition, but without goals, a team will end up having too many goalless draws - not conceding and not scoring goals - and that will translate into a failure when it comes Caf tournaments.

Although City began most of their games away, it would be unfair to say they employed defensive tactics at home because playing at home is always advantageous.

The country is undoubtedly behind City because their progress in the competition (including that of Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United) will bode well for the country's football, but scoring goals remains a serious concern.