Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates and Premier Soccer League chairman Dr Irvin Khoza
says the decline in South African footballers leaving for European
pastures is testament to the increased level of football in the country.
The Buccaneers chief was in attendance at the club's unveiling of new signing
Sifiso Myeni and Thandani Ntshumayelo in Johannesburg on transfer
deadline day, and the 63-year-old believes the quality of football in
the PSL already surpasses some of the European leagues.
"I'm happy that fewer of our players are going overseas because
it means that the Premiership gets to keep its best players," Khoza told
"Of course, it's always good when a player goes and tests himself abroad because they get exposed to new training.
"Our football is getting stronger now and ever developing.
"We are stronger and better than some of the European leagues."
The likes of Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala and
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela have both failed in attempts to
sign for overseas clubs recently, while Bongani Khumalo's move to
Tottenham was quickly followed by a loan deal with Reading, who are now
uninterested in retaining the player's services.
Khoza, though, feels the PSL can take a page from Brazil's top
flight league, where the top players have developed a tendency to remain
in the country, producing a much more tightly contested division.
He added: "Look at what is happening in Brazil where it will be difficult to get players from there.
"There are less transfers (abroad), meaning the Brazilian championships will get stronger and stronger."