How To … Score a goal
Bafana Bafana have been finding it difficult to connect the ball with the back of the net lately, so we thought we’d help them out with a quick guide to scoring goals.
With Afcon just around the corner, this is even more crucial – Bafana’s less-than-encouraging display of scoring prowess against Norway in this week’s international friendly was a bit of a sore spot, as many a supporter will tell you.
According to former Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and international player Pollen Ndlanya, Bafana’s problem is that they lack confidence.
“They don’t believe in themselves. While every player can score goals, they rely on strikers too heavily.”
Ndlanya suggests that for the team to score goals it all starts in the training sessions.
“We need to instil confidence during training. We also need people like Phil Masinga and Shaun Bartlett to come on board to show them practically how to score goals. We need to involve the legends; you cannot replace experience.”
We gave Bafana supporters a chance to do their bit to help the ailing national side as well.
@PapawaRorisang advised: “Simple, take shots at goal! Don’t be afraid to be shouted at for missing. You’ll never know.”
Jabulani Malinga concurred, blowing our suggestion of aiming before shooting to smithereens. He advised: “Shoot, shoot, shoot, shoooot as many times; something will give in the end.”
Terrence Tinyiko Hlatywayo suggested that the team “must never, I mean, never, consult with any sangoma, inyanga or prophet to help them score goals!”
Responses from some fans show that they are just about ready to give up their support.
@vincenciusj threatened: “There’s definitely ways to get SA soccer on track and it doesn’t include fans supporting it coz we’ve been doing it for years!”
He had also suggested hurting soccer bosses’ profits by boycotting matches to give the team added impetus to score.
Others advocated for the team to be more daring in their scoring efforts, though.
“Get speedy wingers like Segolela, Lebese & Meyani to break in. Get Midfielders that will shoot from outside the 18 areas like #Oupa Manyisa did against Chiefs, especially against Sundowns,” advised Lietsiso Thabo.
Some could not resist sarcasm. @ofcmec wrote: “Make the goal posts as wide as the goal line.”
What’s Ndlanya’s advice to the national side going into Afcon? “The Cape Verde game is very important as it will determine if they go through or not … (They must know that) to wear that jersey is not about them, but about people who love this country. They must not go there and just relax; they must go and give 120% and play for the country.”
According to wikiHow, seven steps hold the key to scoring goals:
Step one: Locate where the ball is on the pitch and keep your eye on it – the ball tends to move very fast.
Step two: Run in the right direction towards the ball and gain possession of it. To do this you may have to “fight” several of the other team’s defenders to get your feet on the ball.
Step three: Dribble the ball into a good position to score. Ideally this space will be close to the goal post, relatively free of defenders and an uncomfortable spot for the goalie.
Step four: Pull your leg back, aim for the back of the net and kick the ball with all your might. Ensure your effort is accurate, however; random shots at goal that don’t make it into the net don’t translate into points.
Also try to kick the ball with the inside of your foot as this creates a better shot. Kicking with your toes is likely to decrease the accuracy of your goal attempt.
Your shot should also be low, fast and to the side of the goalie as this type is harder for them to stop.
Step five: Look out for other players who are in a better position to score than you. Soccer is a team sport and if someone else has a greater chance of scoring, pass the ball to them.
Step six: Don’t choke or hesitate to score. When the ball is in your possession do your best to make your team and supporters happy by converting as many opportunities into goals as possible. A scoring team is a winning team.
Step seven: Scoring through this technique is not the only way to net a goal, however. You may also score by leaning your body one way and shooting in the opposite direction; this tricks the goalie into thinking you are going to score in the direction your body is facing.
You can also decide to chip the ball in over the keeper’s head if he is some distance from the goalie’s post.
Lastly, you can “head” the ball into the net.
If a team-mate passes you an aerial ball and you are in a scoring position, power the ball into the net by flicking it in with your head.