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Safa president says PSL needs a squad cap to stop frivolous signings

SA goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto celebrates with teammates after winning a penalty shoot-out against Ghana in 2019. Mpoto has struggled for game time in the DStv Premiership.
SA goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto celebrates with teammates after winning a penalty shoot-out against Ghana in 2019. Mpoto has struggled for game time in the DStv Premiership.
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SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan believes there's a need to introduce a limit on how many players a club can have in their squad in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to stop career-ending frivolous signings.

Jordaan believes a squad cap can put an end to the issue of clubs signing every top player and end up not using them or getting enough game time.

The president said several footballers have seen their promising careers stall after being signed by clubs that have big squads as they struggled for game time.

He said the system will create a space where players have a great opportunity to grow while ensuring good competition in SA football.

Jordaan said this doesn’t only hurt those players, but also comes back to bite national teamsl.

Speaking at the recently Fifa goalkeeper coach course conducted by renowned goalkeeper coach Alex Heredia at Safa’s Fun Valley technical centre in Joburg, Jordaan said maybe the limit should be capped at 35 players.

“Football players must play football,” Jordaan told TimesLIVE.

“That’s a simple answer. If I’m in a squad where I know I’m not going to play a single match for a whole year, am I going to be motivated to train every day?”

Jordaan made an example of former SuperSport United goalkeeper Mondli Mpoto, who had a promising career coming through junior national teams.

However, Mpoto, who is in the books at Royal AM, has struggled to make a break in the PSL.

“We have players who came through development structures and they went to represent SA at the U17 Fifa World Cup, U20 World Cup and t Olympics in Tokyo,” Jordaan said.

“Try and trace those players now. Where are they? That’s why I was asking about Mpoto.

“Mpoto had a brilliant future as goalkeeper and what happened to him?”

Some clubs in the DStv Premiership have squads of 40 players.


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