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Dumitru: Ekstein talent wasted

Hendrick Ekstein (Gallo Images)
Hendrick Ekstein (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Ted Dumitru believes the talent of Hendrick Ekstein is being wasted as he spends most of his time on the bench.

The 76-year-old feels Premiership coaches aren't allowing flair players to thrive and new 'modern' training methods aren't allowing the likes of 'Pule' to fulfil their potential.

"These young players need a different type of training," Dumitru told Goal website.

"They're still learning certain things on a professional level. They need a special training regime with more intensity," 

"You have to provide game time to give them opportunities. It's impossible to maximize the talent without blending training and competition."

The former Premiership title winner also emphasized that coaches need to take more risks and forget about playing it safe. 

"In the modern game players need to learn how to take risks," he said.

"The same thing is happening with coaches. They need to take risks. There is no other way. By not taking risks you're committing a huge blunder."

With recent criticism being leveled at Premiership clubs for their oversized squads, the Romanian pleaded with managers to allow players to leave if they aren't in their first-team plans.

"Pressure or no pressure, you need to play them," Dumitru said.

"If you don't do this you better loan them to another club so they can get game time, otherwise they won't improve.

"They will eventually start to lose their qualities."

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