South African struggling Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Polokwane City coach Clinton Larsen says Malawian striker Khuda Muyaba needs more time to adapt to the demands of the PSL football.
Muyaba joined Polokwane from Silver Strikers in January this year after winning the TNM Super League golden boot with 21 goals-becoming the first player to score more than 20 goals in a season since 2005.
However, Muyaba has a low start to his life in the PSL having not featured for his side since the restart of football in the Rainbow Nation. To make matters worse, Muyaba has even failed to make it to the substitute bench since the restart.
Larsen, while commending Flames defender Dennis Chembezi, said the football break due to Covid-19 has affected Muyaba’s development in the PSL.
“Dennis is settling in well and improving with each game. Khuda is working hard but is just taking a little longer to adjust. It did not help that we stopped training for four months, time that he could have used to develop a strong understanding with his new team mates. He will get an opportunity soon because he has been working hard,” Larsen said in an interview yesterday.
“It is easy for defenders to adjust. For attacking players, you need time to develop a good understanding of your teammates, the team’s system as well as them getting to know your strengths. All of this is developed over many training sessions.”
Muyaba could not be reached for his comment yesterday. Since moving to the PSL, Muyaba only played for the last 15 minutes when he came in as a substitute before football was suspended.
Apart from Muyaba, Flames striker Richard Mbulu is also struggling in the PSL having gone 22 games without a goal.
Meanwhile, the race for golden boot between Gabadihno Mhango and Peter Shalulile has reached an exciting stage as the two strikers are joint top goal scorers with 14 goals in the PSL followed by Kaizer Chiefs gangling striker Samir Nurkovic and Bradley Grobler who have scored 13 goals each. However, Knox Mutizwa of Golden Arrows and Bongi Ntuli of Amazulu are also in the race with 12 goals each.
Mhango has struggled to find the back of the net since the restart of football in the PSL this season. But Pirates coach Joseph Zinnbauer has backed his striker. Mhango was in action against Cape Town City yesterday as we went to press.