Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Delron Buckley has joined the call for involving ex-professional players in the top SAFA ranks.
Buckley, who is amongst the players who have enjoyed success in their professional careers, believes when SAFA trusts ex-players in leadership roles in football the country will return to the top.
"You know I've been back in South Africa for seven years. I always say the South African Football Association should get these ex-professional football players that have played at the highest level involved, which they don't," he said.
"It's sad because we have players that are very talented on how to develop players still in football, because they've been there and played the game, but it's just a lack of giving them an opportunity to involve them in the national teams and SAFA structures.
"I hope and pray that things will change and they open their eyes and give all these players recognition."
With Lucas Radebe one of the legends who has indicated his interest and been tipped for a top SAFA leadership role, Buckley believes his former captain would be a solution to the problems our football is facing.
"I think Lucas Radebe is out there, the guy has played at the highest level of the game. They should be more involved in the game, they know the medicine for success because they've been there, but they don't use them," he added.
"Yeah of course, no doubt about that. He was the captain in 2002 in Japan and was in that team, he was my captain at France 1998. He wouldn't be a captain if he was not a good leader, a down-to-earth man who has got courage, a person who would fit perfectly in the SAFA leadership role."