Cape Town, South Africa | According to the Cape Argus, Stuart Baxter‘s resignation as manager of Bafana Bafana points to deep structural flaws in the domestic game. Baxter last week became the 13th coach of the national team to resign since the nation was readmitted to FIFA in 1992.
“It doesn’t matter if Sir Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho was in charge of Bafana, the results would still be the same,” said Roger de Sa, coach of Premier Soccer League side Santos. De Sa says that the nation fails to develop young players, encouraged by the relatively high number of foreign players (five) permitted on Premier League rosters. “South Africa ends up developing and nurturing footballers for other African countries,” writes the Argus‘s Rodney Reiners, “while its own national team suffers as a consequence.” Since 1992 Bafana has had eight coaches of South African origin (Jomo Sono served two stints) and one each from Britain (Baxter), Mozambique (Carlos Queiroz), France (Philippe Troussier) and Peru (Augusto Palacios).