OPINION | Without youth development, Bafana will continue to fail

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Witness sports editor Carl Peters.
Witness sports editor Carl Peters.

Nigerian football legend Stephen Keshi once confirmed that there’s a phenomenon where young Nigerian players “just fly out of the country like birds all the time” and coaches, administrators and fans alike suddenly come to know that there is “this player based at a certain European club” — and his previously-unknown talents could be of use to the national team.

This interesting line from the late “Big Boss”, who won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach of Nigeria, could apply to several African nations, particularly in the west where football is a well-established way out of poverty.

Subsequently, they will improve their national team’s selection pool.

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