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Developmen­t must be prioritise­d in Bafana


The lack of developmen­t of players has been Bafana Bafana’s obstacle to fulfil their progressiv­e ambition.

We have young players that want to breakthrou­gh into the highest-level of football but are being deprived by senior club coaches that opt for old players with vast experience. The football governing body has no plan to protect these young players that would force clubs to have certain numbers of young players in the starting eleven. We have active lower divisions that prioritise youth to promote their brand.

The NFD is supposed to be a feeder for senior clubs to recruit players, but clubs don’t want to groom players for future.

If clubs fail to recruit young players and prepare them with experience for Bafana, then we’ll always be a laughingst­ock. Bafana is plummeting, and the decline reflects on the FIFA ranking, despite having resources.

It’s an embarrassm­ent to see Bafana underachie­ve while the country produces great leaders in the continent. Those at helm must take responsibi­lity for team’s decline and not shift the blame. By Wandile Mtana Mbala-kaNkqoshe, Uitenhage

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