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With a flood of over­seas play­ers re­turn­ing to the Premier Soc­cer League (PSL), the ques­tion on the lips of football fans is: Is this good for our lo­cal game, or bad?

Dean Fur­man, Bongani Khu­malo and a num­ber of New Zealan­ders will grace the do­mes­tic game this sea­son.

Will they im­prove stan­dards or are they among those seek­ing to re­vive their ca­reers through the back door? Can they be re­garded as fail­ures af­ter fail­ing to make it in Europe?

While some crit­ics see this in­flux as a step back­ward or a de­mo­tion for these play­ers, it can only ben­e­fit the stan­dard of the PSL, as these play­ers bring in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence with them.

All Whites striker Jeremy Brockie has al­ready shown what he can do by be­com­ing an in­stant hit since join­ing Su­perS­port United in Jan­uary.

All the play­ers men­tioned will want to prove they are not fail­ures – this can only in­crease com­pe­ti­tion in the league.

The PSL is re­garded as one of the best leagues in Africa in terms of value, and it’s about time it also has the best play­ing stan­dards. This can only be achieved by re­cruit­ing qual­ity play­ers.

Ex­cept for Or­lando Pi­rates, all South African teams have failed to make their mark in con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tions.

Pi­rates are the only south­ern African club to win the pres­ti­gious CAF Cham­pi­ons League – in 1995. Two years ago, they lost to Al Ahly in the fi­nals of this com­pe­ti­tion and, depend­ing on last night’s re­sults, are on the verge of qual­i­fy­ing for the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup semi­fi­nal.

Some­times, play­ing in ob­scure Euro­pean clubs does not ben­e­fit play­ers or the na­tional team, as the stan­dards are al­most the same as those in the PSL, if not lower.

Re­turn­ing home should not be seen as a step back­wards, but a step in the right di­rec­tion.

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