Mazibuko: PSL players shouldn't dominate Bafana team

The Safa presidential candidate has promised to introduce proper developmental structures that will be used to feed Bafana if elected president

With the Safa elections edging closer and closer, presidential candidate Mandla Mazibuko says Bafana's poor run and failure to qualify for major tournaments are purely because of a lack of development.

Mazibuko has vowed to focus more on development should he be elected Safa president on September 28, but he wants structured programs to be run by people with experience and credibility.

“I think we are too much high for ourselves. We must come down, back to the basics. Safa and amateur football is played down there. Let's put up the structures,” Mazibuko said on SA FM.

“Unless you have the right structures in place, the right expertise, the right experience, people with credibility to run good programs and a technical master plan - (until) then we are not going anywhere,” he said.

Mazibuko who is currently the vice-president to Kirsten Nematandani, admitted that the association (Safa) and the national teams have had problems for over four years, which is why Bafana had to rely on PSL players.

He is willing to change the whole system altogether and introduce programs that will benefit the national teams more than they benefit the PSL clubs.

“It is a question of re-aligning our structures and making sure that you don't have to interfere with the PSL business and NFD, but we must have a good product that every PSL club would aspire to bring to their club through an academy system, development and reserve league.

“But if we are not producing that then we are forcing the PSL to dominate our national team (Bafana) and therefore putting the blame on the coach [Igesund] which is unfair,” added Mazibuko.

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