Tovey: Jabu is right, it's not helping Bafana

Mamelodi Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns

Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey agrees with retired football star Jabu Mahlangu that having all the quality players in one team kills the national team.

According to Mahlangu, talented individuals who should be fighting for places at Bafana have now become fringe players at Mamelodi Sundowns.

"Ja, look I do agree with what Jabu said to a certain degree, that it's not helping Bafana, we have loads of players not getting game time," Tovey tells

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"There are top players who could be playing regularly at other teams. I'm not talking about winning the league because Sundowns have put a structure in place, it is very, very good.

"But they have all the resources to buy all the top players. But at the same time, it's those players who have to make their own decisions. It's their careers, they go to Sundowns to earn a lot of money so they could provide for their families.

"But what Jabu is saying is 100% right, it is not helping Bafana.

"Some of those players should be enhancing the other teams, strengthening the other teams and making the league more competitive.

"So how the league does it, it should be a concern for the league on the number of players that you have in your squad.

"I know some teams they don't want to have a large squad, they don't want to be paying players that are sitting, but as you know at Sundowns money is not an issue.

"The league has to look at it because at the moment it's a big problem that South African football has.

"Yes at any major league all over the world, you are going to get teams with bigger spending powers than others.

"As it works out when Sundowns sign a player from other clubs, that provides funding for those clubs to survive you know.

"Financial fair play I'm not going to comment, I think CAF has to look at bringing that in, but then Patrice Motsepe is CAF.

"But the PSL. They’ve got to say maybe cap your squad, and say you can't have more than 30 players in the squad.

"But then Sundowns can come back to say we are not only playing in the league, we campaigning in Africa and we need a bigger squad."

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