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South African-Born Coaches Have Shown They Can Do It

In light of every development in our football, I think it's only fair that we give credit where it's due.

The PSL is rated the No. 1 league in Africa, and is growing every season. If one takes a closer look at it, you'll find that more than half of our teams are being coached by local coaches. In the past, that was never the case. The cherry on top about all of this is that even in the big teams like Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates (until recently, when Muhsin Ertugral took over) are coached by the local lads in Pitso Mosimane, Steve Komphela, and Roger De Sa and Eric Tinkler, respectively. The PSL teams deserves some credit for that.

This is really a plus for our football as it would have a huge impact in our national teams and our football identity that many claimed we have lost ages ago because of foreign influence in our players. Take a closer look at Chippa United, who are coached by Dan Malesela, for an example. Since the season began, they have been playing an exciting brand of football, what we use to call diski.

We currently have Pitso Mosimane (Sundowns), Steve Komphela (Kaizer Chiefs), Clinton Larsen (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Allan Freese (Highlands Park), Serame Letsoaka (Bloemfontein Celtics), Dan Malesela (Chippa United), Gavin Hunt (Bidvest Wits), Roger De Sa (Ajax Cape Town), Cavin Johnson (Platinum Stars), Eric Tinkler (Cape Town City) and Kgoloko Thobejane (Baroka fc). Just last season, three of our four cups (MTN8, Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup) and the league title were won by local coaches. This makes me very proud of our local coaches, and so should everybody be because it can only mean one thing, and that's the growth of our local football, and this will, in the long run, see us returning to our roots.

After all, there's hope that we will see our own identity slowly but surely returning and our playing style will surely have an impact in bringing the spectators to the stadiums.

Ukuthula Kwande Bakithi

Beaver Nazo


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