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5b69974d0f4e6 Saul Kamionsky 64
Aug 10, 2018 04:48 PM

Coaches must appreciate first-team players

It was alarming to hear that that Bidvest Wits have sent to senior players, Phumlani Ntshangase and Thobani Mncwango, to train with the club's U19s. The two players were also left behind when the team camped in KwaZulu-Natal for pre-season. This is not a new phenomenon in South African football - when Eleazar Rodgers returned to Mamelodi Sundowns upon the conclusion of his loan spell at Ajax, he had to train with the reserve team because he was not in the coach's plans for the season. This is an extremely appalling approach by South African clubs. Mncwango, for example, was the PSL top-scorer in 2015/16 with 13 goals to his name. Yet, Mncwango along with other quality players are excluded from the first-team simply because they are not in the coach's plans.

Instead of excluding a quality player, the coach should take responsibility for his players by helping to improve them whilst they train with the first-team. On the other hand, the unwanted player should be allowed to go out on loan or sold instead of merely being demoted to the reserve team.

Bafana Bafana are also surely negatively affected by this because quality players are not playing competitive football and the moral of the demoted player will drastically decrease.

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