South African football legend, Alton Meiring, has criticised the standard of football in the country, citing that money is the cause of what he sees as the root of the problem.
The vastly experienced ex-striker, who played for no less than 10 clubs in Mzansi’s top flight, says the standard of football in the country has dropped massively, despite that the SA league is regarded as one of the richest football leagues in Africa and the developing world.
“It’s all about money, it has changed the game. All the good players go to Sundowns, Chiefs and Pirates,” said Meiring.
According to Meiring, Mzansi’s professional football league is all about money, although he singles out certain individuals and clubs as his examples of what he sees as progression.
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“For example, a guy like Benni McCarthy is doing an excellent job with limited resources. He doesn’t have so many high-profile players and I take my hat off for him,” he added.
“Gavin Hunt is another coach who’s doing well. They are always up there, and the likes of SuperSport United. They challenge the big teams. But the quality went down and it’s the money that talks. It’s all about money,” concluded Meiring.
Mamelodi Sundowns, AmaZulu and Golden Arrows are some of the clubs Meiring played for in his career of close to two decades, which began from 1997 and up to 2014.
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