If the number of goals scored can make or break a season, then the last two Absa Premiership campaigns lay shattered on the floor of SA football history.
Mercifully, the past two seasons have not been as brutal as the goal drought fans survived in SuperSport United’s famous “back-to-back-to-back” 2009/2010 campaign under Gavin “PSL games are boring” Hunt.
However, SA’s 16 Premier Soccer League clubs only managed a paltry 528 goals last season, 54 goals fewer than the historic Orlando Pirates “double treble” campaign just two seasons earlier.
Exactly how many goals is 54 goals and did the average fan even notice that all those goals are missing from a typical 240 match Absa Premiership campaign?
Without a doubt. Especially when you consider that the 2013/2014 champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, lifted the trophy scoring 51 goals. Better yet (or worse yet), Amazulu (9th) and Ajax Cape Town (12th) collectively rattled the net 54 times last season.
Ironically, this recent goal-shedding is happening under the watch of Q-Innovation, an idea which had the sole purpose of injecting more life and excitement to the league.
So has the excitement evaporated along with the goals? It all depends on how you watch your local football.
You could argue that if your focus was squarely on the Soweto giants, you may have missed out on the rise to prominence of Bidvest Wits, Platinum Stars and Mpumalanga Black Aces over the past 24 months.
These three sides were involved in some of the best matches last season such as Aces’ 5-2 drubbing of Moroka Swallows or the nine-goal MTN8 semi-final match-up between Bidvest Wits and Platinum Stars.
Unfortunately, these pockets of hope do little to remedy the fact that, collectively, PSL clubs need to find more goals in more matches in the Absa Premiership this season.
Buoyed by the free scoring exploits of the world’s best in Brazil last month, local fans will probably put the last two seasons behind them and will be expecting to witness some of that goal mouth action right here at home.
Cheers to the new season. Let it rain goals. Let it rain goals!