Malesela: Why foreigners don't shine in PSL


Dan Malesela has explained why most foreign coaches and players struggle to shine in the Premier Soccer League.

In recent times the PSL has seen many coaches and players who came with a good reputation but end up in countries like Uganda and the rest after failing to make their mark in the Dstv Premiership.

A good example is the likes of Bernard Morrison who failed at Orlando Pirates but became a star in Tanzania,

Recently highly-rated Zambian forward Lazarus Kambole was recently released by Kaizer Chiefs and has now joined Young Africans.

There are also the likes of Augustine Mulenga and Justin Shonga who always find it difficult to keep their places in South African clubs despite them being regarded as the best in Zambia.

"In the case of coaching, coaching courses they give you the basics of coaching, the admin side of coaching, but the coaching courses will never ever design a playing philosophy or a playing style," Malesela tells KickOff.

"Playing football it's more of talent probably from God or whatever.

"At this rate, we are going to end up demanding papers from players.

"That's why you cannot sign a player based on his CV, you have to watch him play first.

"How many coaches came into this country with the highest qualifications that we didn't even know existed? But did they make it? No.

"For example, Eric Tinkler is at the top part of the log but there are people with the highest qualifications who are right at the bottom part of the log.

"I don't know whether we are more attracted to white people compared to black people, we have that weakness of talking bad about our own.

"Then we start experiencing with people we don't really know, we look at the CV we say 'Hey he's highly qualified.

"Leagues are not the same in this world, you will find a player scoring goals left, right and centre in Zambia, you bring him to the PSL he struggles because the level of the two leagues it's not the same.

"I'm sure Chiefs they didn't just buy the likes of Kambole, they bought them because they were doing well in their leagues, only to find that they come here they become a flop."

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