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Pitso questions white player shortage in PSL: ‘We need to investigate that’

08 Jun 2022 | 15:00 | Football

Pitto Mosimane (Getty Images)

Pitto Mosimane (Getty Images)

Head Coach Al Ahly Pitso Mosimane questioned the lack of white players in the DStv Premiership.

Mosimane is the best manager in South African football history, having won four consecutive championships during his nearly eight-year stint at Mamelodi Sundown.

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There are many notable white players in the top flights of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in the past, such as Gavin Lane, Dillon Shepperd, Dean Furman, Eric Tinkler and Neil Tovey, …

These days, however, the presence of white players is dwindling, and Mosimane can’t help but wonder why.

“In the schools, white boys are playing football,” said Mosimane, quoted by IOL.

“Why don’t white boys play football at PSL? But there are a lot of white boys playing football.

“My son is 13 and he’s playing with talented white players. I asked myself, why don’t we have them in the game? [senior] team?

“What’s the problem? We need to investigate that. We need to check those things.

“I’m trying to change things. I’m not trying to say I’ll succeed, but I’m going to try – and if you’re doing the right things, you’re bound to succeed.

“White boys are playing at those schools – they have to go through the system.”

Mosimane wants to “give back in a meaningful way” and will launch the football school project, the 57-year-old’s management team MT Sports confirmed last month.

MT Sports revealed that the program will be called the Pitso Mosimane Football School (PMSS) and “will take a holistic approach to developing a player both on and off the pitch”.

The project will launch later in 2022.