GOAL SHORTAGE: Gift Motupa and U23 teammates. CREDIT: Sourced
Shakes Mashaba says goalscoring is a national problem and not a national team problem, ahead of tomorrow’s Cosafa Cup semifinal (6pm).

Much like his Bafana Bafana team, South Africa’s Olympic-bound U23s also waste many chances.

Owen da Gama’s side played to a 1-1 draw in regulation time with Lesotho in the quarterfinal and needed penalties to get to the next round of the regional tournament.

Shakes believe that clubs around the country should be doing more to rectify the problem if the national teams are to have regular goalscorers.

He says: “We could have won that match by four or five goals in the first half, but we have a very big problem in South African football. It is a difficult one for us as national teams because I believe it is the clubs who can rectify this problem.

“We only get to spend a week with players and have many areas of the game to work through, so clubs have more time with players to fix this goal scoring problem. We really need to find a strategy to get our players to be clinical in front of goal.”

Despite their lack of composure in the final third of the pitch, Mashaba says there is reason to be optimistic about his side.

“A big positive is that when we are in possession we dominate play,” he says.

“Our players are so talented that a coach never has to worry. But once we lose the possession we take time to regroup and cover critical areas of the pitch.

“I have already spoken about the finishing which is a pro and con, because we really know how to create chances but lack the final touch, this is something that has to be addressed by the whole football fraternity.”