Why do SA squads not have room for teenagers?

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Tsoanelo Letsosa, who's 16 years old, has signed his first pro contract with Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic. Picture: FarPost/Twitter
Tsoanelo Letsosa, who's 16 years old, has signed his first pro contract with Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic. Picture: FarPost/Twitter

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However, it has again shone a spotlight on South Africa’s top football clubs and their attitude towards local talent development. This has happened with a frightening regularity over the last few years that more and more of our teens are finding it easier to break into top European teams than local ones.

I reflected on June-July last year when, despite having had one of Africa’s best Under-20 crop of players, we went into the CAF Afcon with the joint oldest squad at 29 years – nearly two years older than the tournament average of 27.

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