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Was Masule erratic against Chiefs?

Publishing Date : 23 February, 2015

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE


There is a wave of heavy critism following Township Rollers goal keeper Mwampule Masule’s conceded late corner kick that eventually led to his club losing against Kaizer Chiefs, critics worry the goalie has reached a comfort zone and now slippery.


Undoubtedly, Mwapule Masule is not the only goalie who will wince when he sees the Soccer City replays, while Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune also got his angles wrong for Segolame Boy’s goal, but Masule failed to cut crosses a total record of 8 times, as such letting in the last minute ball, another fatal mistake on his part.


The Township Rollers goalkeeper is currently under grave scrutiny because of his many slip ups, his latest mistake this past weekend was pouring salt to an already gushing wound, a déjà vu from the Police Xi defeat at Molepolole stadium, perhaps a the wonderment in sport about how a goalkeeper of his calibre has started to loosen in the public eye.


There has been countless times this season that Masule was at fault when the opposition scored, some would even contest that the numbers are even worse, given the degree of irresponsibility for Ishmael Amposha’s police XI goal.


From the odd aberration here and there to a full blown slump, it is a mystery what went wrong and how he has reached this stage. Some would blame decision making skill, like when to leave the penalty area or when to stay, encapsulated in that moment at Soccer City when Tefu Mashamaite headed the winner into an empty net, a goal that was never to be.


There have also been other moments when Masule lost control of the penalty area from routine set pieces. He has been beaten inside his near post-every goalkeeper’s pet hate, more times than he will ever remember.


 A couple of seasons ago, it felt like nit-picking to point out he had a slight habit of beating out shots into areas of the penalty box where the opponents could latch on to the rebound, rather than turning them away to the side of his goal. Otherwise, he was pretty much flawless back then- while under the mentorship of Thabo Motang, fully deserving his recognition as one of the finest goalkeepers in the country.


It is vain trying to skirt over what is so blindingly obvious, Masule has interspersed some good, occasionally excellent, performances, he has at some point also been a threat to his own team-mates there is no really simply answer to identifying what went wrong.


Apparently, the goalkeeper believes that all his time spent working with local goal keeping coaches has led him to concentrate less on traditional goal keeping, such things as dealing with corners and free-kicks into the penalty area.  


However, a more flattering way of putting it might be that Masule has actually suffered, as odd as it sounds, from his own excellence. By being so accomplished in Roller's title-winning season, perhaps he reached a comfort zone, with no real danger of losing his place, particularly for his club.


Whether Michael Pepukani is good enough to replace Masule permanently is another matter. Otherwise, the choice of Noah Maposa, signed as a free agent after a brief spell at Garankuwa United is likely to be a profitable move. However, what happens next depends on Ndlovu's tolerance levels. His manner after the Chiefs defeat, somehow castigating Rollers’ habit of conceding "unnecessary goals" but refusing to talk about Masule specifically, could be taken as a man who sugar coats words very much.


When contacted for comment, Thabo Motang said the only mistake Masule made was to concede a corner but should not be blamed for the second goal because he was pressurised by the Rollers defenders.

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