Former Sundowns goalkeeper Sean Roberts believes the intensity in the PSL needs to be rectified by the hierarchies of the PSL clubs and the PSL. The former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Sean Roberts has alluded to the fact that the intensity of a league relies mostly on the mentality of the players.
The PSL is renowned as one of the best leagues in Africa and the top 7 in the world but there is little to show on that on the field of pay. It has been noticed that the biggest difference between the PSL and the EPL is the intensity of the game. The FIFA World Cup highlighted a lot of factors that spoke to intensity of the European leagues, that the PSL lacks.
“It starts at the top [management]. There are no development structures in place to give the pathway for young players. Yes, we have had a couple of good stories to talk tell but the reality is we have the skill but it’s the mentality where we are lacking massively. The intensity of a league starts with the mental ability of players. We all know that the PSL is arguably the most entertaining league because we have skilled players but like I said we lack the mentality. The EPL is intense because of how these players are mentally and how they are trained,” Roberts told Thisisfootball.Africa.
The lack of intensity of the league is reflected in the national setup. It has been seen in the past years that have been reflecting on Bafana Bafana. Bafana Bafana has declined over the years, having not qualified for the FIFA World Cup since 2002. Bafana Bafana was part of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 on pure hosting merits.