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Published:November 13th, 2006 04:00 EST
Foreign Players to be reduced

Foreign Players to be reduced

By Neville Khoza

The number of foreign players allowed on each team in South Africa must be reduced to two because it is drastically affecting the development of football in the continent.

When South Africa is competing with other countries, shortage of skill in competitive levels shown by the national team on recent times bares testimony to this.

Bafana Bafana failed to score a goal in the MTN African national cup held in Egypt earlier this year, because of lack of striking force (strikers).

Foreign players have excelled over the years; the number of players should at least be cut in order to give up and coming talent to Dom the pride of South African rain bow nation soccer.

The premier soccer league has yet to see a top goal scorer in many seasons hailed from the country with the dominance of foreign players winning the awards thus far. Collins Mbensuma scoring 25 goals, Mama Niang scoring 14 goals, to mention just a few have dominated the PSL scoring charts.

With newly appointed national team coach Carlos Alberto Pereira calling for new development for football, this goes in hand with the reduction of foreign players to regain the old days of Bafana Bafana last season our own Surprise Moriri only managed to score 12 goals to show the lack quality strike rate in the country.

As SA are preparing to host the 2010 FIFA world cup the system could encourage our chances of doing well in the tournament , as the players’ potential could increase the standard of play