Why youths leave PSL giants for rivals


Augusto Palacios and Farouk Khan explain why some young players perform better at other PSL teams after failing to break through at one of the big three South African clubs.

Running a football club is risky, just like any other business. For years you invest big money to develop a player, only for the opposition to reap the rewards. And it is is even worse when your product shines for a direct challenger.

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While there have been a few youngsters breaking through at Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in recent years, Palacios feels it could be down to coaches not trusting young players as they could be under pressure.

"The reason is they don't get enough opportunity to play. The problem is because the young players are usually 20, 21 and people say, 'No the boy still needs time.' This is a problem in South Africa," the former Orlando Pirates coach tells KickOff.com.

"In the past Kaizer Chiefs, Pirates, [Mamelodi] Sundowns you had players like Jabu Pule, Steve Lekoelea, Doctor Khumalo, Teboho Moloi, Benedict Vilakazi, Gift Leremi, they were here at 17 years and playing regularly. This is because coaches believe in experience players and don't give opportunity to the young players.

"Maybe some of the coaches who coach in the PSL don't know how to continue development, or they are scared if they put the young players they can lose their jobs or games. Why things happening in Europe or South America cannot happen here, why?

"You can't have the development team in one way, and another team in another way... it's impossible. The philosophy, the way to prepare the player needs to meet the same criteria. This is going to make it easy for the player to go to the first team."

Former Chiefs head of development Farouk Khan says this is a normal occurrence in football business as there are a lot of factors contributing to a club to lose such players.

"It does happen hey all over the world. [Mohamed] Salah was at Chelsea, and he ended up not signing there, [Jose] Mourinho didn't like him," says Khan.

"At Chiefs, Shabba [Siphiwe Tshabalala] was at our development at Chiefs, and one of the late coaches Ryder [Mofokeng] didn't like him as much. So this is what happens, sometimes players develop late. Some other times coaches are unable to see the quality of a player."

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