Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy feels it is
important that the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) and the Premier Soccer
League (PSL) has a good relationship for the benefit of Bafana Bafana.
The national body and the league have not always agreed on
many things over the years but SAFA recently lodged a request to the PSL in
order to have several fixtures moved in order to help Bafana Bafana prepare for
their crucial Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Libya next month.
According to Bafana coach Stuart Baxter, the PSL has have
since granted the association's request by bringing forward a number of
fixtures scheduled for 16 and 17 March as the national side prepare for the
game against Libya on 22 March.
And City coach McCarthy believes the move is a step in the
"It's important that the federation
[SAFA] and the PSL has a sound relationship, because ultimately the national
team is dependent on the club’s players," said McCarthy as quoted by KickOff website.
"We want our national team to compete and qualify for
major competitions like the AFCON and the World Cup, and that hasn't been the
case in the last few years.
"So, if the League can help by making more time for
Bafana to have good preparation for important games [such as this against
Libya], then so be it. I think it's good."
Bafana need a point against Libya to guarantee qualification
to the AFCON that will take place in Egypt in June and July.