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PSL Richer, NFD Starves... Is this Respectful To Supporters?

On Monday morning, there was a Get Published article by Junior25 asking the question: Could there ever be a Leicester City-like fairytale in South Africa? Here are some reasons why we think this is not possible, and how it affects the supporters...

Dr Irvin Khoza, the chairman of the PSL, announced recently that the league had some savings in the pocket and, as a result, would be able to give the clubs an extra R3 million at the end of the month, as well as R4 million at the beginning of the new season in August.

To contrast this, NFD sides will be receiving R500 000 at the end of the month and R1.5 million at the beginning of the new season.

In his Get Published article, Junior25 suggested that a Leicester City story could not take place in Mzansi simply because the big clubs poach all the talent from the smaller teams.

"This could result in Baroka FC coming short of weapons as they enter the PSL," he wrote.

But, even more than this, the NFD teams are being virtually suffocated. In the current day and age, when football clubs are businesses, the little guy stands no chance with such a meager grant compared to the huge money spent feeding an already rich giant.

Seeing as football is also, theoretically, about the supporters, one has to ask what these big teams have done to deserve the big money. One thing is for certain, very little of these funds are spent marketing the team and its games. Many stadiums across the country remain empty on most match days, and most people do not even know that a game will be played in their city in a certain week.

Is the money being used to lure star footballers to the club? Well, this varies from team to team, but largely it is debatable, particularly when it comes to last season's champions Kaizer Chiefs.

Is the money being used for development? Well, this is difficult to judge as you cannot see the rewards of development while it is happening, but the guess is that money isn't being poured into it at the rate we would like. Our only proof for this is the lack of youngsters coming through and taking the league by storm.

So what are the big clubs doing with the money? And how can we ever expect a Leicester-type story to unfold in Mzansi if the NFD clubs have to work with petty scraps?

Surely a team like Baroka deserves more for their efforts. Firstly, this is a team borne out of the heart of Limpopo, using nothing but their local resources. They have a local coach and local players, and they have a following bigger than a lot of PSL teams.

On top of this, they even beat most PSL teams they come across this season. And, most importantly, they play with heart. They play with passion and they play with flavour. The supporters, even those of other clubs, really feel like they get their money's worth watching this team from Limpopo.

Imagine what Bakgaga could do with all that PSL money? Imagine what all the NFD teams could do with even half of it. They may be able to actually keep their sides together...

Do you feel like the PSL clubs respect you as a supporter with the way they choose to use their money? Do the PSL clubs deserve this kind of money?


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