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Strikers need expert guidance - Dearnaley 19/03/04
Former Bafana Bafana and AmaZulu striker George Dearnaley believes a lack of expert coaching for strikers is behind their lowly haul in the Castle Premiership.

With midfielders like John Shoes Moshoeu, Benedict Vilakazi and Marawaan Bantam hogging much of the limelight on the goal scoring charts, many have been left wondering why local strikers are generally battling to hit the target.

Dearnaley, the golden boot winner in 1992 when he hit 23 goals in the season, puts it down to ill-preparation.

I have to question training methods for strikers. At many clubs I have seen coachs exchange passes with a player, trap the ball and the striker fires off a shot a goal, said Dearnaley. But this never happens in games and is a waste of time. Strikers should rather be advised on body positioning in tight situations, when to turn and how to hone ones predatory instincts.

Dearnaley suggests employing former strikers to work closely with youngsters to develop these instincts.

These days most clubs have a specialist goalkeeper coach on their books. Why not a striker coach?

Teams have become far better organized defensively in the Castle Premiership and thus strikers really need as much help as possible.

Guys like Fani Madida, Noel Cousins, Shane McGregor, myself, Mambush (Daniel Mudau), Chippa Masinga and many more could give valuable pointers to many young players, adds Dearnaley.

The 35-year-old, whose career was prematurely ended after a horror tackle by Edward Motale, also believes the general playing style of local players needs to be changed to produce more goals.

Most players in the PSL run around at 150 miles per hour for an entire game. This affects the quality of passing and indeed the service that is afforded the frontmen.

Also, the players need to take more risks and get forward a lot more. When I watch European football I always see three or four players getting into the oppositions box.

This puts teams under-pressure and creates more chances. In South Africa (Benedict) Vilakazi, while not a striker, is the perfect example of a player who gets into an opponents 18-yard area and it is not surprising that he scores so many goals.

Dearnaley made his debut for Bafana Bafana in a 1-0 win over Congo in 1992.

He won three caps in total.

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