Khoza: PSL better than Europe

2012-02-01 10:13

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 the media.

"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."


  • Lindile - 2012-02-01 10:23

    Over pricing of player is the don't get carried away by his comment

      Dhirshan - 2012-02-01 12:09

      crap football pitches, pathetic smaller stadiums, power-failures, fans throwing cabbages on the pitch, poor attendences, poor football, poor players . . .

  • Lindile - 2012-02-01 10:26

    Mphela was over priced, so Siphiwe this is not good sign for Bafana Bafana where we need the best players to be regulars overseas, look ata I vory Coast, which seems to be the favourite to win the AFCON this year, nearly all their players are playing abroad we should feel ashamed of ourself, like our neighbours Lesotho, do you think Lesotho like like the fact that all their players are playing domestic football ?

      Walter Lamza Mogano - 2012-02-01 10:45

      Lindile I agree with Dr Khosa with Brazil however I don't think we match the European football standards if we match their standards why our players still want to go abroad and the sellfish soccer admin overpriced them?is because they don't match salaries abroad yes if they match europe salaries players will settle in their countries like Brazil does. Khosa please tell the real Truth here.

  • leedsunitedfc - 2012-02-01 10:41

    This is just delusional

  • Yuri - 2012-02-01 10:54

    seriously...we can't even qualify for Afcon. Lay off the zol buddy.

      Tyron - 2012-02-01 11:29

      Agreed. This mullet is the head of the PSL? Seriously?? He signed fat boy after 2 EPL clubs booted him because he couldn't even meet the fitness requirements. Getting better along with our world ranking, oh wait... NO! FAIL

  • Bigrp - 2012-02-01 11:01

    I'll tell you why less players are going a few exceptions, they are all too lazy to work hard and warm the bench and wait for their chance!

  • Carlos - 2012-02-01 11:03

    Mr. Khosa must be dreaming!

      Thuphac - 2012-02-02 11:46

      Khoza is no dreaming, it's the headline that is incorrect. Should be SOME European leagues, which is what he said. Think Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Austria, Serbia Slovenia, Romania; can you think? These are European countries Khoza is talking about.

  • Xoli - 2012-02-01 11:04

    The headline of this article is wrong.

      Sipho - 2012-02-01 11:40

      I agree, the headline is wrong and people must understand that, the standard of a domestic leaque doesn't mean automatic success on the national level. It took Spain forever to win the world cup inspite of their success of Baca and Real in Europe. Don't forget England did not qualify for Euro 2008.

  • Bryan - 2012-02-01 11:13

    What a stupid statement to make Mr khoza... The only reason fewer players are leaving is because of one fact and one fact only.... They are just not up to standard!! Crickey, our national team cant even qualify for the African cup of nations.... And you say the standard is improving!! Talk about living in a dreamworld..wake up cuzzie....!!!!

  • Bob - 2012-02-01 11:14

    Name me one European League that is worse than the PSL, name me one league that any team out of the PSL could hope to compete in, NOT A CHANCE, the standard of football in this country is truly pathetic and an absolute embarassment to a country that otherwise competes strongly against other nations in most every other sport.

      Steenbra - 2012-02-01 11:27

      Bob I agree with you that our standard of soccer is poor, contrary to the delusional statements of Dr Khoza.. but apart from cricket, rugby and swimming the rest of the sports is poor. Hockey(men and women) and water polo come to mind

      Tyron - 2012-02-01 12:00

      Hockey and water polo are "colonial" sports with no sponsorship and we still expect the players to be professional - not a fair comparison. Hockey men don't even have money to travel to India to try and qualify for the olympics (we have technically qualified but SAS-COCK has imposed further quali measures). But the rest of your statement is true.

      Bob - 2012-02-01 12:45

      Steenbra n Tyron, I was more thinking of individual sports such as Golf, Boxing, some Athletics particularly long distance running, what makes it worse is that soccer is the No1 sport of this country, and please nobody can blame poverty etc, some of the greatest soccer teams / players the World has ever seen come from some of the poorest nations.

      Ian - 2012-02-01 12:50

      Steenbra - When talking about hockey please bear in mind that hockey is still an amateur sport in South Africa (other than Australia, india, Netherlands etc) i.e the players don't get paid to play hockey. With that in mind, we are the strongest amateur team (men and women) in the world, and judging by recent result very capable of competing against the professional teams.

  • Trevor - 2012-02-01 11:20

    Has this guy anything upstair or does he sit on his brain - wake-up khosa you have missed the bus.

  • Dok - 2012-02-01 11:36

    No, SA players are just getting worse and fatter that is why fewer contracts are being offered to them! And that is a fact Khoza!

  • Derek - 2012-02-01 11:37

    And that's why our national side are world beaters!

  • Martin - 2012-02-01 11:42

    I think, to be fair, perhaps our players are not of the same quality as that of European clubs can get in their own countries or across their borders. I fear that not having European experience is actually a bad thing Irv, especially when you want to compete with the best. Our Fifa ranking really says it all :(.

  • Barrie - 2012-02-01 11:43

    Only South African player making an impact in the Premiership at the moment is Steven Pienaar, that's because Spurs have given him back to Everton, as he is not champions league quality and can't get in the team. Long gone are the days of SA players who made an impact on the English game such as Lucas Radebe and Mark Fish.

  • Martin - 2012-02-01 11:44

    I fear Irv may be some what delusional. It's definitely not a good thing that we have so few South Africans playing in europe. If you want to be the best you have to compete against the best. It's a shame that perhaps none of our players are going to Europe because either their are enough good players in their positions or the players are just not of the same standard. In all honesty our Fifa rankling really speaks for itself. We should be developing our youth and hoping our players move to Europe.

  • Dennis - 2012-02-01 11:49

    Good grief Irvin, are you smoking your socks ? Our "sokka" is pathetic .... kick and charge specialists who think the celebration is better than a win !!!

  • Cyrus - 2012-02-01 11:58

    Hey Khoza,I will start believing the PSL is getting stronger when a PSL team can actually compete against the rest of Africa. We are light years behind Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria. Heck even Zimbabwe's league is rated higher than South Africa's by CAF. Now thats a joke. Richest League in Africa my ass if we are only ranked the 14th strongest league in Africa. How about getting your boys (Pirates) at least into the group stage of the CAF CL.

  • Carlos - 2012-02-01 12:04

    Mr. Khoza the contract of Neymar with Santos in Brasil is worth 600.000 Euros a month at todays rate rands, most probably is what you pay to all Orlando Pirates players, Flamengo just payed around 10.000.000 Euros to get Wagner Love from CSKA Moscow, I don't understand what you comparing!

  • Nick - 2012-02-01 12:08

    Perhaps the decline in players leaving is their inability to play football. Europe can choose the cream of the crop; they're not going to choose semi-talented but lazy full-of-themselves multi-million-euro handout seekers.

  • Mbax Airbender Neji - 2012-02-01 12:15

    dats impossible,we way way back on football developments.we nid a way to groom young players not wat we c of players bcumin stars at old age.

  • Tabile - 2012-02-01 12:33

    Khoza never said PSL was better than Europe, I quote "We are stronger and better than some of the European leagues."

      Bob - 2012-02-01 12:50

      Tabile, exactly, thats why we are all laughing, name me this European league that is weaker than the PSL, infact name me any league the PSL are stronger and better than !!! they are nothing short of an embarassment to the country.

      Thuphac - 2012-02-02 15:11

      Tabile, this News24 bunch will simply disagree with you without reading the article. I think we are better than most east European leagues. Of course, most of those who respond neither know much about soccer and even less about PSL to compare it with anything.

      Tabile - 2012-02-03 10:58

      @Bob PSL league is better than the Israel, Hungary, Estonia, Macedonia, Croatia, Latvia, Finland, Georgia, Luxemburg and we're better than Ukraine! The list is endless, let the schools of thought contend!

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-01 12:37

    In terms of sunshine yes it's better, and maybe b/c they won't hv 2 leave their families behind. Otherwise everything else- NO. Khoza must be smoking something.

  • johanspokie.rossouw - 2012-02-01 12:43

    hahaha this article is a joke!!! if the bafana bafana wins the world cup in the future before the world ends then they can say better than Europe (Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, English Premier League, Primeira Liga and way more), this guy must smoke pot everyday to think people would believe the crap coming out of his mouth coz he is to fat to be smoking tik to say he got brain damage.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-02-01 13:52

    You got it all wrong Mr Khoza, the standard of football has declined in RSA, hence very few, if any, of the European clubs, will consider our players. Please be real, our national team cannot even qualify in Africa. Our football administrators need a rethink on how to promote the beautiful game by starting at grass roots, and selecting budding footballers on merit for the academy.

  • Themba - 2012-02-02 07:18

    we dnt have the quality Khoza to market overseas finish and Klaar, why get a 34 year old instead of signing young players from smaller soccer leagues, Baroka produced a lot of promising youths but u negelected them, now u go on to sign amakhehla hayi bo Bra Khoza

  • Nkululeko - 2012-02-02 10:35

    Really Dr khoza? Really? our national team captain is on loan so he can get playtime, most of our players don't even play in european leagues. Our highest goal scorers don't get to even 15 goals for the whole season, and never mind the empty stadia every match! Which is the better part?

      Kabelo - 2012-05-14 22:09

      You know nothing about south african football so wats better its for you to shut up.nxa

  • dumi57 - 2012-02-02 10:42

    you mean we can pay better salaries than some european leagues. that doesnt exactly mean our league is better quality.

  • mashavha - 2012-02-02 13:24

    PSL better than Europe in terms of being useless and boring

  • matvee111 - 2012-02-06 13:37

    European standards are a bit too high Dr.Khoza...and to get there our players need to beat the far our very own Bafana can't qualify for anything...that's a reflection of the standard of PSL...

  • matvee111 - 2012-02-06 13:38

    European standards are a bit too high Dr.Khoza...and to get there our players need to beat the far our very own Bafana can't qualify for anything...that's a reflection of the standard of PSL.

  • matvee111 - 2012-02-06 13:38

    European standards are a bit too high Dr.Khoza...and to get there our players need to beat the far our very own Bafana can't qualify for anything...that's a reflection of the standard of PSL.

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