Arguably South Africa’s greatest-ever coach, Pitso Mosimane, has questioned why white players don’t make it to senior football teams, adding he is trying to change the status quo.
South Africa’s Africa Cup of Nations winning side was filled with players of different races and backgrounds as the team went on to conquer the continent.
In the years to follow, however, the number of white players in the national side or even just the top-flight league began to dwindle.
In an interview with TimesLive on Monday, the Al Ahly coach raised a not-often-spoken-about subject in South African football.
“In the schools, the white boys are playing football. Why are white boys not playing football in the PSL?” Mosimane asked.
“But there’s so many white boys playing football. My son is 13 and he’s playing against talented white players. I asked myself, why we do not have them in the [senior] teams?
“What is the problem? We need to investigate that. We need to check on those things.
“I am trying to change things. I am not trying to say that I will be successful, but I will try — and if you are doing the right things, you are bound to be successful. The white boys are playing in those schools — they must come through the system.”
The former Bafana boss launched his Pitso Mosimane Soccer Schools last month.