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S. Africa to block foreign players

By Vision Reporter

Added 3rd October 2007 03:00 AM

Ugandan players hoping to pursue professional careers in South Africa will find it complicated in future,

Ugandan players hoping to pursue professional careers in South Africa will find it complicated in future, reports Fred Kaweesi.

The South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) yesterday announced plans to shut the door on foreigners by applying stringent regulations on those intending to ply their trade in their league.
They claim that the foreigners are largely eroding the standard of football in the country.

The move is likely to hit Zimbabweans and Ugandans hard as they have the largest number of players in the country.

PSL intend to adopt a model similar to that in the English Premiership where a non-European Union player must have played for his country in at least 75% of their national team matches in the previous two years.

His country must also average at least 70th place in the official FIFA World rankings over the previous two years.

Uganda has never gone higher than 98th place but the impressive talents of David Obua, Dennis Onyango and Timothy Batabaire have lit the PSL in the past two seasons. Each of them has been rewarded with player of the season awards at their respective clubs.

S. Africa to block foreign players

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