Former Orlando Pirates and Free State Stars midfielder, Hleza Mofedi, has slammed the quality of the National First Division.
The midfielder says that the new structure and new rules that were decided at the beginning of the 2011/12 are the reason why.
It was decided that the competing NFD teams at all times during NFD matches, are required to field a minimum five South African-born under 23 players.
“I think right now the league lacks quality, the new rule came and changed everything. Prior to the rule the league was very much exciting and unpredictable,” he says.
“Now clubs are struggling to find quality Under 23 players, if they do find them, the players are very young and inexperienced.”
The 33-year-old went on to say: “Not that they are not any good, but you can just tell that they are young boys, and are lacking the experience that is needed in the game. And as result, the League is suffering.”
By Sandile Mazibuko