Former TS Galaxy and Chippa United coach Dan Malesela says as much as South Africa is a ‘footballing nation’, talented players in the country have somehow “disappeared” over the years.
“Talent in the country has just disappeared somehow, I don’t know,” said Malesela who recently decided to resign as the head coach of Galaxy, where he won the Nedbank Cup by beating Kaizer Chiefs in the final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 18 May 2019.
“I thought at that time when we had 18 teams in the PSL and 18 teams in the NFD [GladAfrica Championship] it looked better but now the numbers have reduced but it is becoming worse,” he added.
Malesela, a former Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns defender was particularly frustrated while at the ‘Rockets’ as he couldn’t acquire the services of a right-back in the January transfer window despite searching.
At the time, Malesela’s preferred right-back Tumelo Bodibe was out injured and finding a suitable replaceable was a “big challenge” for the 54-year-old coach mentor.
‘Dance’ went on to say that fatigue “is not real” while referring to Sundowns’ busy and tight schedule.
“People [Sundowns] are playing 36 matches, plus the Champions League, plus the Cup, they are not supermen – it is just that sometimes we like coming up with excuses.
“For me even when we played football in our times, I used to be hungry, I hated December because we used to close in December.
”I hated December because I got bored and I would go and play wherever I could play and the following seasons I would still play and never get tired, for me it is just overblown this thing. It’s not real,” he added.
Malesela is currently jobless.
By FARPost Reporter