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SBD Global/July 8, 2013/International Football
South African Football Players Union Wants To End Under-23 Rule
Published July 8, 2013
Q: What were the reasons/motivation for introducing the U23 rule?
Derek Blackensee: The rule came out of a recommendation from a sub-committee, broadly: to assist South African football in general by having a professional breeding ground of young players; to avoid having many players "retiring" from the Premier Soccer League clubs to the National First Division; to attract sponsors based on this developmental policy being an attractive asset.
Q: Has it yielded any positive results?
Blackensee: Other than the sponsorship aim the other three have been a success in that the average age of the league is now considerably younger.
Q: As far as the initial reason/motivation is concerned -- is it a success or failure in the eyes of the league?
Blackensee: It probably requires more time to fully achieve the proposed benefits.The league hasn't carried out a formal review of the system so I wouldn't want to express what would be purely personal opinions (SOWETAN LIVE, 7/4).