Former Kaizer Chiefs players question standard of football in PSL

Former Kaizer Chiefs players question standard of football in PSL

- Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Mike 'Sporo' Mangena says something is wrong in the PSL when 11 goals prove to be enough to win the golden boot

- Former Chiefs player and current goalkeeper coach, Brian Baloyi has also criticised the standard of soccer being played in South Africa

- Both former players said they hoped their criticism would force players and teams to improve their standards in the future

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Two former Kaizer Chiefs players have criticised the standard of soccer being played in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). Mike ‘Sporo’ Mangena said something was seriously wrong with the PSL when 11 goals proved to be enough to win the golden boot.

Mangena’s view was echoed by current Chiefs goalkeeper coach Brian Baloyi who criticised the standard of soccer being played in South Africa. Baloyi believes his criticism is warranted when looking at the past season’s log table.

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The former players said they hoped their criticism would force players, coaching staff and teams in general to improve their standards.

Briefly.co.za gathered that this year’s golden boot will be shared by Percy Tau and Rodney Ramagalela. Their total of 11 goals is the second lowest winning number since the inception of the PSL.

Mangena won the golden boot award in the NSL during the 1985 season, he scored 25 goals in that campaign.

Mangena said in his playing days finishing received a lot of focus during training.

"Of course, who else must do it? Who else must do it and who plans the training sessions? We are the coaches who plan the training session," said Mangena

He said football was all about repetition and said players had to train and focus on certain aspects until the mastered it.

Mangena said football in South Africa was facing problems of its own creation, problems which he hopes would be addressed by raising the issue.

Meanwhile, Baloyi said the fact that teams were scrambling to avoid relegation during the last round of the PSL proved that the standard of soccer being played was below par.

“I believe this past season was one of the most interesting seasons I’ve ever seen, but I know sometimes we are sceptical and afraid to criticise,” Baloyi tells KickOff.com.

“When we criticise, people sometimes look at us and say, ‘Now why is he criticising?’ But I think the most important thing that builds characters and sports people is criticism.

He said he believed if coaches gave their honest opinions they would all agree that this last season was played at a poor standard.

Baloyi also pointed out to the golden boot being awarded to players who scored just 11 goals as further evidence of slipping standards in the PSL.

He also believed that Sundowns were handed the title by other teams who allowed them to manage games, while focusing on the African Club Championship.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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