Contrary to popular belief, having a bunch of quality players deserving of significant playing time in a team it’s not a problem every coach would love to have.
That is the unpopular opinion of Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane.
When a coach has an abundance of talent to choose from and find it extremely difficult to decide who to select or who to leave out for a match, that is commonly known as a ‘selection headache’.
The former Orlando Pirates man believes that too many quality players to choose from is a problem that causes unhappiness amongst players.
“When you’ve got too much quality in one position you won’t really succeed because then there’s too much unhappiness.”
Life was not easy for Mabokgwane at Pirates as he was competing for the number one with four other goalkeepers in Brighton Mhlongo, Siyabonga Mpontshane, Equatorial Guinea international Filipe Ovono and Wayne Sandilands.
“It is not healthy, the competition, no matter if you try to keep it healthy it won’t be because you are not really getting a fair chance, you either going to favour one and go with the one or you are going to try and please everyone by giving everyone a chance, that’s where you are going to fall into the trap of rotation.
“And when you do that and the team is not winning then they all look useless because one concedes, one makes a mistake, so you can’t have continuity and you are never going to get good results,” added the Celtic shot-stopper.
The 32-year-old Mabokgwane went on to say that Ovono was not given a fair chance in Soweto.
“If Ovono was a quality goalkeeper at AFCON  and he arrives at Pirates and he is no longer, a quality goalkeeper anymore, it is not possible, he made mistakes and had he continued to play for the rest of the season, he could have probably become a top goalkeeper.
“You don’t know because of the quality you have, you end up not giving people a fair chance, you make a mistake, you are out, you will remember Ovono as a flop signing,” concluded Mabokgwane.
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