Arthur Zwane ponders hiring striker coach at Kaizer Chiefs as goalscoring stats dwindle

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  • Arthur Zwane is feeling the pressure of being Kaizer Chiefs' head coach as his side are yet to register a point this year.
  • Chiefs goalscoring concerns are at an increasing high, and Zwane has thought of solutions that include appointing a striker coach.
  • Amakhosi are the fifth best scoring team in the league with 18 goals in 17 matches.

Eight months into his three-year deal as head coach of Kaizer Chiefs, Arthur Zwane may seek alternative measures to find a cure for his charges' goalscoring woes.

Amakhosi are yet to collect any DStv Premiership points in 2023, tasting defeat against Sekhukhune United, AmaZulu and, more recently, on Saturday evening, Mamelodi Sundowns.

It was the first time Sundowns have secured a league double over Chiefs in the PSL era, yet another record added to the lengthy list Sundowns have accumulated in the past decade.

The game itself was not of the highest quality that these two sides often produced, as Neo Maema's lone strike gifted log leaders Downs the maximum points.  

There were 18 shots taken during the match, with Chiefs and Sundowns matching at nine each at the full-time whistle, as Maema's goal was the only strike on target.

But while Sundowns have scored 34 league goals and only conceded six, their rivals, Chiefs, have netted only 18 goals, while they embarrassingly conceded 21 in 17 matches.

Zwane is well aware of his side's failure to pounce on goalscoring chances, which has become a severe issue.

The 49-year-old hinted to reporters during the post-match press conference on Saturday that the club may follow in the footsteps of their fiercest and nearest rivals Orlando Pirates and what they have done.

At the start of January, the Buccaneers appointed former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers academy coach Scott Chickelday as the club's striker coach.

"Going forward, we might strengthen that department of getting a striker coach because there is so much going on in the game," Zwane hinted to reporters during the post-match press conference on Saturday.

"The game has evolved. So, if we can't get it right as coaches, then we might go that route."

Sundowns (34) and SuperSport United (21) have scored more goals this season, with Chippa United (20) and Royal AM (19) also tallying more than the Soweto giants.

Chiefs have won 41% of their matches this season, with a home form of 3 wins, two draws, and three losses, while their away form is at four wins, one draw, and four defeats.

The 18 goals in the league have seen them net 16.7% (three goals) in the opening 15 minutes and 5.6% (one goal) between 15 minutes and the half-hour mark.

Chiefs netted 27.8% (five) of the goals scored between the start of the second half and sixty minutes.

The Soweto giants are also less likely to be the team to score first in a match, with a 41% rating.

This season alone, on average, it has taken Chiefs 85 minutes to score a goal and they net 1.06 a goal per match in the Premiership.

While Zwane looks for solutions, the numbers clearly do not show any glimmer of hope as Chiefs continue to fall behind the chasing pack.

Next for Zwane, his charges will be Royal Am on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 17:30.

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