Sibande hails new Reserve League


Sibande joined the Dube Birds at the beginning of the 2014/15 PSL season on a loan deal from Bidvest Wits and believes the idea will benefit South African football in general.

The Mpumalanga-born player claims that the initiative will allow youngsters to enjoy competitive football as well as getting exposed to professional soccer.


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“The idea is a wonderful one from a development perspective and it will boost all the PSL teams to have an eye on the youth,” says Sibande.

“I mean the fact that the games are televised is a plus for the players to be scouted and showcase their talents to the whole nation.

“This league will not only help the youth, the fans have [the chance] to watch football and get entertained whilst the fully-fledged professionals will also get a chance to regain fitness, form and so on.

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“I was also promoted through this league [former PSL Reserve League] as well during my days as a youth at Bidvest Wits – so it’s great and it’s a step towards the right direction.

“I hear it’s been critiqued by some football legends, but there’s always a room for improvement you know.

“In the future things will get better, we can go to ages like U14 for example, but for now it’s great at U19.

“I don’t think the national team coaches will complain about the shortage of players because these are the future players especially for Bafana Bafana and the U20s.”

The Dube Birds played to a goalless draw against Kaizer Chiefs in the competition on Sunday and are sitting in position eight in Group A with no wins, two draws and three losses after five matches.