Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder James Kotei has said the Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) is one of the best in Africa in terms of media coverage but not in terms of the actual standard of play.
Tanzania newspaper Daily News quoted Kotei as comparing the Tanzania Premier League with the PSL while giving his general impression of his stay at Simba SC and then in South Africa.
“I respect Simba fans a lot. They are in my blood. I love them and they love me too. Just want to wish them well but nobody knows about the future.
Speaking from Belarus where he signed a one-year contract with Salvia Mozyr, the 26-year-old Ghanaian said he has fond memories of Simba.
Kotei then rated Mainland Premier League to PSL.
“Some people consider Tanzania League as of low quality but when I went to play in South Africa, I realised that in Tanzania, their League is not low as many people think, only that there are minor things which needs to be addressed there. In South Africa, the coverage of their League is big but not its quality,” said Kotei.
Before signing for Chiefs in 2019, Kotei played 75 games for Simba having joined them in 2016. Kotei did not make any appearance for Chiefs.
Simba led the Mainland Premier League when it was stopped due to coronavirus pandemic.
While global football is at a standstill due to rhe coronavirus, the Belarusian League is continuing after the European country’s leader said the pandemic did not warrant a lockdown.
Deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in Belarus but the authorities have described the pandemic fears as psychosis.
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By Peter Kanjere
FARPost’s Africa correspondent