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What SA Can Learn From Foreigners In The PSL

It has become a growing trend in South African football where players who have been plying their trade across the borders of South Africa opt to spend the twilight years of their careers in the Premier Soccer League.

This can boost the appearance and popularity of the league, much like the Major Soccer League in the United States - which has grown to be one of the most popular destinations for legends of the game to retire.

I feel there is much we can learn about experienced players joining the PSL. If you have noticed, names like Benni McCarthy and Alje Schut both came to South Africa in the latter stages in their careers.

Many fans thought that they would have been over the hill in terms of the impact and influence they could have on the local scene, but instead they became two important cogs at their respective clubs. It may not be the case of these players stealing the local players shine, but we should be at a level where we show overseas based players who come to our league, how it’s done… and not the other way around.

One could look at SuperSport United’s signing of Jeremy Brockie as another example of this. He may not have arrived in the country as an old man, but he has definitely taken the league by storm with his goal scoring abilities.

Gaol scoring strikers are hard to come by in South Africa, but it’s a tad bit embarrassing for a player to come from outside, to show us how to do it in our own backyard.

What do you think can we learn from these examples?


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