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South African football legend Mlungisi 'Professor' Ngubane says players who represent the real style of Mzansi football are not given a chance at Bafana Bafana.

Ngubane, who in his days used to play the kind of football that is today branded as showboating, blames the likes of Molefi Ntseki for ditching our strength for a European style.

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"The way I see it, a person who has never played football it's difficult to know his exact style because what he does is adopting things that are done in other countries," Ngubane tells KickOff.com.

"That's because he relies too much on books. Learning from a book and playing something is not the same, because you [a person who has played football] can be able to refer by saying, 'Us, this is what we used to do when things became tough, or this is what we used to do when we were winning.'

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"I always say how can you coach players on how are they going to play Chiefs or Sundowns when you as a coach you have never played against those people? How do you prepare the players to play against Pirates, Chiefs, Sundowns when you have never played against those teams yourself?

"With theory they are good you see. So they want players who are going to understand the shape and shifting and movement, but not about how to play football – if we want to penetrate these people, what is it that we need to do.

"There's a time where you need a number 10 who can do stuff that the other players are not able to do. We don't give those players a chance to do those things now. In Argentina there was a Maradona, in Brazil they were too many, the likes of Rivaldo who couldn't even run.

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"But give him the ball, he finished us at FNB [Stadium] when we played against Brazil leading 2-0. We were finished by Rivaldo, somebody who couldn't run. Him and Bebeto. Because they were using their strength to play football.

"Me my brother, I don't have a problem with Ntseki. The boy is educated, he is smart, but not for our national team. A national team my brother needs somebody who is perfect you see. Maybe the likes of Pitso [Mosimane] were in the national team at the wrong time, I don't know. People like Pitso who played the game and who are doing well in coaching, those are the people who must guide our national team.

"Not only him... if we are serious about the national team, we need three coaches who played the game, who are qualified to be coaches and who have done something in football. Then we'll have a national team. At the moment we take only one coach to represent 57 million people.

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"But in other countries they have about ten people who know football around the national team because they know a national team is not a club. Meaning the other countries have a technical team, us we have a technical staff [laughs]. That's where it differs my brother."

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