How do you stop one of the top strikers in DStv Premiership?
It’s a question many coaches have tried to solve over the last two seasons and only a few have managed to silence the Namibian hitman, Peter Shalulile.
TS Galaxy coach Owen da Gama knows Shalulile very well having worked him at Highlands Park and the tactician has stated that his troops will try to stop Shalulile from scoring on Sunday when they tackle Mamelodi Sundowns in a league clash at Loftus Stadium.
Shalulile was Da Gama’s go-to man for goals at Highlands before the club sold its Premiership status to Galaxy, and Shalulile joined Sundowns, where he has continued with his scoring form.
“You’ve got to have a plan for Peter. He proved that last season when he single-handedly won games for Sundowns. They are the type of team that once they score the first goal it motivates them so much and gives them so much encouragement,” said Da Gama.
“Yes, we understand his qualities, whether we can stop him or not, that’s a different question. But we certainly will give it our best shot and work very, very hard. And from a tactical perspective, we’ll need to get this one right.”
Da Gama added: “Players do raise their games when you play against these bigger teams. But they’ve got to be consistent, they must also raise their games when they play against any other team. That has been a problem at TS Galaxy.
“I mean, you go and play a fantastic game against Chiefs and then you’re going on to play such a bad game against Stellenbosch. It’s such an anti-climax.
“But certainly, it’s much easier to motivate players when they play Sundowns or any other big team. But you’ve got to play your best football. no matter who you play.”
By FARPost Reporter