Zimbabwean international and Clever Boys captain Charles Yohane has praised the influence that the Premier Soccer League (PSL) is having on the African continent.
Football is the most popular sport in Africa but the way the beautiful game is administrated in some countries on the continent leaves very few opportunities for young players to make a living out of soccer.
Their only hope lies with playing outside their countries where the leagues are of a much better standard.
The Castle Premiership League in South Africa is one of the very few leagues on the mother continent that players from other countries dream to play in.
It has a very professional lower division that attracts international players from all over Africa and they still go back to their countries and play for their national teams with the pride that they are playing in South Africa.
Zimbabwe, which is to the north of South Africa, has eight players in their national team who play their trade in the Castle Premiership in South Africa.
One such player is Charles Yohane, the Wits University skipper, who is grateful for what the South African league has done for him and his country-men.
"We find it very easy to click when playing for our country because we play in the same league and in the last few years, Zimbabwe has been playing very well, thanks to the experience that some of us got from playing in South Africa," said Yohane, who is in camp with his national team which will play against Swaziland on Saturday in a Cosafa Cup match," he told SASoccer365.
"The impact of what the Castle Premiership on Africa football is begriming to show, a number of players who play for their national teams playing their club football in South Africa," he added.
The experienced left-sided midfielder said South Africa winning the bid to host the World Cup in 2010 will take football on the whole African continent to another level.
"No one can take away what the Castle Premiership will doing to football on the continent, it is not only players that are benefiting, but administrators on the continent also look up to the Castle Premiership league in South Africa as a bench mark for their leagues," he said.
With the number of players from other African countries playing in the PSL, it improves the standard of football in their countries where they are role models.
When they hang up their boots, they go back to their countries and set-up their on football clubs like Musa Otieno from Santos, who is setting up a football academy in his home country Kenya.
Zimbabwe squad to play Swaziland in COSAFA Cup:
Tapuwa Kapini (Highlanders, Zimbabwe), Ephraim Mazarura (Black Rhinos, Zimbabwe), Bekithemba Ndlovu (Highlanders, Zimbabwe) Harlington Shereni (Guingamp, France), Charles Yohane (Wits University), Zvenyika Makonese (Shabanie Mine, Zimbabwe), Dickson Choto (Zinewy Polosky, Poland), Dumisani Mpofu (Bush Bucks), Tinashe Nengomasha (Kaizer Chiefs), Edzai Kasinauyo (Moroka Swallows), Joel Luphahla, Shingi Kawondera (both Paphos Athletico, Cyprus), Peter Ndlovu (Sheffield United, England), Adam Ndlovu (Dynamos), Newton Katanha (Germany club), Esrom Nyandoro (AmaZulu, Zimbabwe), Kaitano Tembo (Supersport United), Richard Choruma (Formerly Dynamos).