Former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett has joined the call for change at the South African Football Association ahead of the elections.
The poor perfomances of national teams has seen the country fail to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and has been seen as a reflection of poor leadership.
Cape Town Spurs coach Bartlett is of the opinion that if former players get involved, off-field leadership qualities are crucial.
"It is easy to say we need to get involved but if we are educated enough, then we should be given a chance. That's the most important thing about our game. You can be a former player, but if you can't inspire players then we can't talk about leadership," Bartlett told the media in Durban.
"Former players need to understand the process of how to get there. I think there are lots of qualified people who can do the job. Hopefully, we will get opportunities because we can't keep saying the same thing over and over."
However, the former striker admits that change is needed.
"It has been more than 30 years now and we are still not getting results. The same people are involved and the same people are running our football.
"We need change. There's a need for change. They have changed coaches more than 25 times, they've change players more than 2000 times, where is the problem? We need to identify it and fix it," added the former Bafana striker.