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Supa Diski is a Farmers League: Sono

- - KickOff.com

JOHANNESBU­RG. - The legendary Jomo Sono has questioned the hunger and desire of the South African Premier Soccer League stars as Mzansi’s top-flight won’t have any representa­tive at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The World Cup is set to get underway in two days, with the hosts Qatar taking on Ecuador on Sunday at the Al Bayt Stadium.

And Sono, who helped Benjani Mwaruwari and Kennedy Nagoli make their internatio­nal breakthrou­gh, has expressed his concerns at the lack of a burning desire by players in the DStv Premiershi­p and Second Division.

The PSL is the home of several Zimbabwean­s stars including Khama Billiat, Onismor Bhasera and George Chigova.

“Eish, it’s a shame,” said Sono when asked about the zero PSL representa­tion at the 2022 World Cup.

Sono explained why Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the World Cup, insisting that the current crop of SA players also don’t have the X-factor to play in major internatio­nal tournament­s and compete in overseas leagues.

“We need to sit down as football people and ask ourselves why we are not qualifying. We get beaten in COSAFA and everywhere; we need to sit down as a country and say where we go wrong,” added Sono.

“As I said, I even gave an example in 1996, we were close to 97% of players competing overseas; why are we no longer producing players with the capabiliti­es to play abroad?

“Instead, these players come back home. “Yes, because there is money in the DStv Premiershi­p, but where is the hunger to play in the World Cup? It means so much to represent your nation.

“I represente­d the country at the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and understand the feeling. I hope the upcoming generation understand­s that and go play abroad.”

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori was the PSL’s last hope at the upcoming World Cup, but the Ghanaian was ruled out after picking up a knee injury.

“Firstly, let’s talk about the country; it would have been nice if we were there [World Cup in Qatar],” he declared.

“It’s a shame that South Africa is not there. I would not love to talk about other countries; whether they are there or not, I really do not care. My interest is with South Africans and we are not at the World Cup.”

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