Farouk Khan feels youngsters in the PSL are ignored
Posted: 10 July 2017 Time: 19:24
Stars of Africa Academy's Farouk Khan says he prefers sending talented youngsters from his academy abroad rather than to local teams because they are not given enough opportunities in the PSL.
The Stars Academy has produced a number of high-profile players over the years, with Thibang Phete of Vitoria Guimaraes and South African youth international Luther Singh two of the next generation expected to thrive.
Both youngsters ply their trade in Europe after graduating from the academy, with Khan explaining why he recommends bypassing local football first.
"Well, the question you should ask is: do PSL teams give young talent opportunities or do they want us to believe they do?" Khan explains.
"Kaizer Chiefs promoted [Emmanuel] Letlotlo, but how much game-time has he enjoyed?
“So that's the reason I prefer [sending my products] overseas). Young players need time to grow. We have seen in the Cosafa Cup where Bafana won the plate and the so-called young players were not of the quality required at international level.
“Look at Germany in the Fifa Confederations Cup in Russia: the reason they did well is because those players play regularly at their clubs and are exposed to a high level of competition.”
Youngsters Motjeka Madisha (Mamelodi Sundowns), Nduduzo Sibiya (Golden Arrows), Phakamani Mahlambi (Bidvest Wits) are a handful of young players who thrived in the PSL this past season, with the trio nominated for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season Award, to be decided later on Monday evening.