Absa Premiership

Mngomeni: Scrap U23 rule

2015-06-09 09:15
Thabo Mngomeni (Supplied)
Thabo Mngomeni (Supplied)

Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates captain Thabo Mngomeni believes the National First Division's (NFD) under-23 rule is not beneficial to the clubs or players it is forced on.

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As the rule currently stands, all NFD teams are required to field five players under the age of 23 in their starting line-up.

This rule has been lambasted by many coaches and officials who believe it does more harm than good.

Mngomeni has added his voice to the crescendo of calls to scrap the rule.

“This rule of forcing first division clubs to start with five Under-23 players is not good for both the clubs and the players," Mngomeni told KickOff.

“Now we are in a situation where you have clubs using players who are not ready to play at that level and they want to call that development. It is not development.

“Overseas teams have better development structures because they have been doing that for many years.”


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