Revolving-door policy | SA youth development suffers as coaches march through

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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).

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John Turnbull founded The Global Game in 2003. He was lead editor for The Global Game: Writers on Soccer (University of Nebraska Press, 2008) and has also written on soccer for Afriche e Orienti (Bologna, Italy), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times Goal blog, Soccer and Society, So Foot (Paris) and When Saturday Comes. His essay "Alone in the Woods: The Literary Landscape of Soccer's 'Last Defender' " in World Literature Today was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also for World Literature Today he edited a special section on women's soccer, "World Cup/World Lit 2011," before the Women's World Cup in Germany. The section appeared in the May-June issue. His next project is a book on soccer and faith.

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