Former Bafana Bafana and Crystal Palace midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi says it’s difficult to tell whether the standard of the PSL has improved or declined.
Dikgacoi plied his trade at Golden Arrows in the local league from 2005 to 2009 before he seized an offer from Fulham in England.
He feels that the level of football was higher during his first stint with the Durban-based outfit than it is now.
‘KG’, as he is widely known, says South Africa has everything to develop its game on the pitch and it should be better than what it is at the moment.
“I think with what we have in South Africa, I think we could be much better than what we are currently,” Dikgacoi told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“It’s difficult to tell if we are dropping or we’re improving but with what we had at that time, I feel like the standard was way up, hence, I’m saying it will be difficult to tell whether we have dropped or improved.
“But with marketing, the stadiums and other things, we have improved but in terms of playing, it’s difficult to tell.”
Dikgacoi went on to recall his time at Arrows, saying they used to match the so-called ‘big three’.
“We [Golden Arrows] used to compete with the likes of Sundowns, Pirates, Chiefs and beat them,” Dikgacoi added.
“We would look forward to every game that we would play but now I feel like everyone says ‘okay we’re going to play against Sundowns, they have a good quality, we may not come out with something’.
“Whereas, us at that time I remember I was still playing for Arrows when Sundowns had a good quality squad, the likes of Surprise Moriri, Gift Leremi and Lerato Chabangu but we would still compete and beat them.
“Chiefs had the likes of Arthur Zwane, Tinashe Nengomashe and Shauwn Bartlett but we would still beat them.
“I think that alone made the league so competitive and the standard would then always improve. Because of that”