Maritzburg United assistant coach Fadlu Davids believes that Cuthbert Malajila has the potential to end the season as the Absa premiership’s leading goal scorer.
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Malajila joined the KZN side midway through the previous campaign and was an instant hit at the Team of Choice as he notched up a handful of goals, including strikes against the likes of Kazier Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Zimbabwean was on the score-sheet again in Maritzburg’s 2-2 draw with Black Leopards on Tuesday, and now has three goals in five games this season.
At this stage however he trails Bernard Parker, who has seven goals, four of those in one game for Kaizer Chiefs against AmaZulu.
After taking on the role of assiant coach / player last season, Davids has now moved onto the technical team on a permanent basis as Ernst Middendorp’s right hand man.
During his own playing days, the 31-year-old was an accomplished striker with Maritzburg and Platinum Stars, and a prolific goal-scorer for Vasco da Gama in the First Division.
Malajila will therefore be able to benefit directlky from Davids’ vast pool of experience.
"I’m working hard with the guys, and in Cuthbert Malajila I firmly believe we have a player who can finish the season as top striker in the league," said Davids.
He believes that in order for South African strikers to be more clinical, there are several obstacles that need to be overcome, and also that a change of mindset is important.
"Its about the movement of the striker, besides the actual finishing. Strikers need to know how to position themselves, but sometimes they try to get too involved in the gamer and therefore are not positioned where they should be.
"A striker needs cleverness, he needs to anticipate where and when to move, to arrive in dangerous positions at the right time," he explained.
On his new career move, Davids says that he is happy with the way things have worked out.
"I’m getting a lot of satisfaction from the job. Perhaps even more so than as player, because in my last few seasons I really struggled with injuries. I was taking pain killers not only for matches, but even for training, - the enjoyment factor was gone.
"I’m learning as much as I can, like a sponge trying to absorb everything, taking courses and learning from Ernst Middendorp who is a great manager."