With Botswana’s head coach, Peter Butler, who played 20 years of his 21-year professional football career in England, taking a stab at South African football, the Fan Park crew takes a deeper look into what the 48-year-old said and we ask the question: Is South African football that far behind?
In a tweet he made following Amakhosi's struggles to beat Township Rovers earlier this month, Butler suggested that the PSL league leaders would compare only to a division two side in England – where the manager played his entire football career.
Here is what he tweeted before the CAF Champions League game got underway:
“I personally don't think Rollers will get smashed tonight The PSL is not as good as the hype they give it Chiefs are like a Div 2 team in UK.”
With a few tweets during the game, some of his harsh words weren’t far from the truth, as Chiefs just scraped through with a 2-1 win.
Are We That Far Behind?
Although Butler’s comments were made regarding Chiefs only, we have to look at what this would mean for our mid-table teams – even the teams who are currently sitting at the bottom. Would this then mean that a few of our sides would not even be professional outfits in England?
Also, another point we could make to defend our local football is that whenever big teams come to South Africa, we give them a good run for their money. Maybe they don’t play their full strength teams, but we certainly look comparable to them on the day.
Do you believe that Butler’s comments are true regarding the state of South African football? Let us know in the comments section below.