Editorial | NSL misses the moment to boost youth

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NSL clubs have missed a golden opportunity to invest in young players. At its quadrennial annual general meeting this week, club bosses retained the same old guard in the executive – some of whom have been there for more than 10 years.

With the tide turning quickly, this was a chance to show confidence in the youth to take the baton.

How often have we heard there is a succession plan in place and that the youth are the future?

But this seems to be just lip service, as PSL clubs don’t practise what they preach.

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Not retaining Bloemfontein Celtic chief executive Khumbulani Konco or seconding the nomination of Rantsi Mokoena of Free State Stars were missed opportunities for those who have invested in the young guns.

Now our football remains stuck with the same old men and women for another four years. This was the time to prepare for the future – not in 2024.

Once again, there is no representative for the National First Division clubs in the PSL leadership.

We have recently seen young people taking over the running of clubs and this trend should be reflected at the top of the hierarchy.

Otherwise it defeats the whole purpose of the generation Y2K.

With the world moving with technology, the PSL needs some fresh minds and faces to take it to the next level.

There is no one to blame but the club bosses themselves, as they have made their choices and have to stick with their resolutions.

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One other disappointing aspect is that, once again, there is no representative for the National First Division clubs in the PSL leadership.

This does not augur well for the running of the league as they don’t have a voice.

No wonder they always feature second in the decisions of the league.

The odds are always stacked against them as they have only two votes each to the 10 afforded the premier league clubs.

This too must change if they are to be taken seriously.


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