How to get KZN's talent into Bafana

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Cavin Johnson has addressed issues he believes are letting down KwaZulu-Natal in terms of producing more players for the national team.

As much as KZN produces some of the top talents in South African football, it is still difficult for them to crack the Bafana Bafana squad. especially when they are still playing for teams within the province.

AmaZulu coach Johnson, who is experienced in football development and now has more understanding of the challenges facing the region, shared his thoughts on what he believes can change the state of things.

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"Oh it's a big question hey. I think the biggest thing we need to do is to set up good structures in all professional teams in the province," he tells KickOff.com.

"Like for example Maritzburg United, Golden Arrows, Royal Eagles, Uthongathi, Richards Bay, Real Kings and AmaZulu themselves need to have solid academies."

The coach makes an example of what AmaZulu has done in terms of grooming the provincial talent and also says changing the running of academies can contribute a lot because football and education goes hand in hand.

"Try to maintain the bulk of your players, they can go through your team. Usuthu has done it, for example we have Sphe Maduna, Sbusiso Mabiliso, Sbusiso Magaqa and many others coming through who have been with the club for a while now," he explains.

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"Now I think we have a few of our youngsters in our team, and for sure in the next two or three years they will be the stability at AmaZulu. I think maybe we need to get better ideas and a better way forward as to how we run our academies.

"At the same time have some form of social and academic benchmarks that we give to these young players on what it is to be in an academy and once you've competed your studies at the academy, how you progress within football."

Johnson suggest maybe it's time KZN sits down and has a serious discussion about the challenge because the talent is there but it needs proper management so it can be well run.

"So I think it's a long story, a long chat that we need to have because I think in my personal opinion KwaZulu-Natal has produced some of the best talent in the country."

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