The issue of football development has always been a hot topic of discussion in the PSL with many believing that there is a long way to go before teams fully reach their goals.
In light of the issue, we got in touch with former Kaizer Chiefs coach Ted Dumitru and asked him what his opinions are on the matter.
“It’s not a South African problem, it’s a global aspect discussed in many, many countries at the moment,” he said.
“As a result of commercial and media exposure, in this situation you have a brand of football that wins the World cup. You have the leading clubs in the world like Barcelona and Bayern Munich that are projecting a type of football that is completely different from the rest of the world.”
Dumitru then said that it boils down to what is expected of a player and the higher the level of expectation, the better the results will be.
“The demand for high quality players have increased in the last seven or eight years. If you don’t have that high advance to youth development, you are not going to produce a young player at the level of expectation. The expectation is much higher now than years ago.
“So you have a situation where you have clubs like Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns expecting to play a type of football you don’t have on the market,” he concluded.
Reflecting on Dumitru’s statements, do you think local football clubs have a low expectation of players coming through the ranks?