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Has Playing Abroad Become Less Important?

Playing in Europe is the one dream most PSL footballer strive for, whether it’s in the Belgium Pro League or the English Premiership. It what players yearn for and desire.

Nevertheless, has the opportunity to play abroad become less important in recent times?

There are many examples we could think about in this regard. Siphiwe Tshabalala lit up the PSL scene prior the 2010 World Cup and gained attention thereafter. This led to European-based suitors to have a second glance at the player.

Since then, it has been the story of Shabba’s career as he was always ‘close’ to playing abroad but no real efforts were made to make the move happen.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has been one of the latest names to have been earmarked with a move to Europe. It was reported that he rejected interest from across the waters and opted to sign a big money deal with Chiefs instead.

If it’s a dream for most PSL footballers, why shun away deals that could open up gateways to bigger possibilities?

Well it could simply boil down to players being in their most comfortable zones. The fear of fighting for a position elsewhere could be a big factor in holding such players back from taking their careers a step further.

What do you say, has playing abroad become less important?


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