Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, Michael Nkambule has insisted that the Carling Black Label Cup is ‘irrelevant’ heading into tomorrow’s fixture at FNB Stadium.
“Ace” as he was known in the football circles during his playing time, has suggested that this kind of tournament would be a good test for aspiring South African footballers.
Nkambule who turned 34 last week, joined Amakhosi as a 12-year-old, two decades ago. He also had a spell at France’s Racing Strasbourg B side, and he believes that young players should be used to improve themselves in this tournament, which can also benefit Bafana Bafana.
“To tell you the truth, I’m not a fan of this tournament, I’m not a fan of it, serious,” Nkambule told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“It’s irrelevant if there’s no young stars, it was going to be better if the teams were forced to field at least three or four young players.
“That would be much better in that way, what matters is to unleash talent in this kind of tournament. Young players would benefit and so would the national team.
“How and where are we going to watch the young players, who is going to give them a chance if we can’t give them a chance in this tournament? As I’m saying, if they can have four young stars in the starting eleven, it was going to be better because we want to see them.”
The one-day tournament will take place at the FNB on Saturday, with Mamelodi Sundowns clashing against AmaZulu at 09h00, before Chiefs face neighbours Orlando Pirates at 12h00 in the semifinals.