NFD men­tors slam the U-23 rule yet again

What the rule says

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTH­OWA­GAE dmoth­owa­gae@city­

The Na­tional First Divi­sion (NFD) Un­der-23 rule has come un­der fire again af­ter only three play­ers from the sec­ond-tier league made the South African team for the CAF Un­der-23 Africa Cup of Na­tions that started in Sene­gal yes­ter­day.

Out of coach Owen Da Gama’s 21-mem­ber squad, only Black Leop­ards’ Siphelele Nt­shangase (22) and the Cape Town All Stars duo of Kyle Peters (22) and Paseka Mako (21) made the cut.

While many cred­ited Da Gama for pick­ing the strong­est pos­si­ble team, some of the NFD coaches ar­gued that their teams were “play­ing the Un­der-23 play­ers for the wrong rea­sons”.

Former Vasco da Gama coach Tony de No­brega said: “We’ve been say­ing this for many years now, that we are not a de­vel­op­ment league. Yes, Owen [Da Gama] chose the best Un­der-23 team but [the ma­jor­ity of play­ers] are def­i­nitely not from the NFD clubs. It is not his fault that we are play­ing the Un­der23 play­ers for the wrong rea­sons.”

Kgoloko Thobe­jane, coach of log lead­ers Baroka, was more diplo­matic. “I can’t re­ally say whether [the SA team se­lec­tion] is good or not be­cause I am not sure what the se­lec­tors are look­ing for. Our boy [Thabiso Ku­tumela] is the lead­ing scorer and we could tell through his

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Player reg­is­tra­tion

Clubs par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Na­tional First Divi­sion must in­clude a min­i­mum of five play­ers who are both Un­der-23 and el­i­gi­ble to rep­re­sent South Africa in the start­ing line-up for ev­ery match. The start­ing line-up is the 11 play­ers who are rep­re­sent­ing the team on the field of play at the kick­off of the match and are shown as such on the team sheet.


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Siphelele Nt­shangase

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