Zimbabwean soccer players in South Africa
Posted: 12 April 2010 Time: 2:22 pm
If there is a lesson to be learned from the controversy surrounding the transfer of four Zimbabweans from CAPS United, it should be that players from neighbouring countries are using the PSL as a springboard for their careers more than anything else.
And this is to the detriment of our own budding South African talent who are being deprived of opportunities by the influx of these foreigners.
We, like it has already been reported in the Zimbabwean press, are fully aware that the selling and buying of players remains an integral part of the soccer business and will be governed by basic economic principles of supply and demand which directly impact on price determination of a commodity.
It may be good business for Zim clubs, but does it have to be at the expense of development in South Africa?
While the club owners may argue that they are also in the game to make money for shareholders, they tend to forget about the investment made by taxpayers who paid for the stadiums and the infrastructure that they use.
How much money has the League, and the 16 clubs in it, already made out of the use of Durban's new Moses Mahbida Stadium?
It may be a lot for them, but I can assure you that it is not a drop in the ocean compared to what the taxpayer must fork out in terms of interest on the multi-millions, if not billions, that the Government has put in to build these facilities; money that is often argued could have been used to improve health and housing for the disadvantaged.
Another hidden disadvantage that these imports are having is that they also directly impact on small local amateur clubs.
One of the implications of the famous Bosman Ruling is that any club is entitled to training and development compensation for players who are under 23 years of age, so by closing the door on own emerging talent, we are in fact hampering the growth and obviously incentive for these small, enterprising clubs, who have provided the formative platform for grassroots players, to go the extra mile in development.
One soccer expert venture the opinion that South African players are being seen as 'lazy' and that they are not taking the opportunities afforded to them.
"The fact that young Zimbabweans are being favoured is a mirror image of many other sectors of SA economy where Zimbabweans are being preferred due to their high work ethic and the quality they are bringing to jobs.
"The challenge is for SA players to rise to the level that the Musonas, Nengomashas and Nyandoros are reaching," he adds.
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