Former Highlanders striker and prolific goal scorer Gift Lunga Senior says Highlanders players need to be more aggressive in front of goal and convert a glut of chances they create if the team is to start winning matches.
Lunga said he has watched a couple of Highlanders matches, and whilst he is impressed by the team’s ball rotation, build-ups and chances they create, he is not amused by the players’ conversion rate that has saw Bosso manage only two goals in eight league matches.
Bosso is yet to win a league match, yet alone score a league goal at Barbourfields Stadium. The only two goals that Bosso has scored this far were scored in Harare.
Ariel Sibanda scored the team’s first goal of the season from the spot when Bosso came from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw against Black Rhinos on 30 March at the National Sports Stadium, before Prince Dube scored the second in a 1-3 loss to Harare City at Rufaro Stadium.
On Sunday Highlanders will be hoping to register a first win of the season when they face TelOne FC at Barbourfields stadium.
“I have watched a few games and they are playing very well. Its only that they have not been ruthless in front of goal. You can even tell during their warm ups when they are doing shooting drills before the match that they are not aggressive. The warm up is very important, they need to start being aggressive during warm ups,” said Lunga.
With goals not coming, not only strikers have been worried, but the entire team as defenders have also been venturing forward in search for goals.
The former Bosso forward applauded this positive attitude adding that scoring is a shared responsibility, when strikers are not finding the goals midfielders and defenders should also try to score goals.
“Anyone can score, even defenders. I remember in one of the matches I saw Tendai (Ndlovu) getting into goal-scoring positions although he did not score. Sometimes its just lack of luck. They are creating so many chances. What they need to do is to keep pushing,” he added.
Lunga made his first team debut in the early 1990s and created a deadly striking partnership with the late Adam Ndlovu.
His most memorable game was the 1994 BP Cup final where Highlanders beat perennial rivals Dynamos 3-1 with Lunga, Makwinji Soma Phiri and the late Mercedes ‘Rambo’ Sibanda scoring for the Bulawayo giants.
He was the country’s top goalscorer in 1994, and his exploits saw him earning a national team call up, being part of the national team that played against the then Zaire during the Ebola epidemic after the regular squad members refused to travel
Lunga would then join German club Bonner SC the following year.