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New rule no good - Baxter 14/08/04
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has opposed the Premier Soccer League's decision to implement a ruling allowing clubs to sign and use five foreign players per season.

The previous rule limited clubs to only using three foreign players during a match.

But Baxter feels that the new law will not stand South African football in good stead in the long run and says it will have a negative impact on the national squad.

"Do our own players get exposure to top class football?" he asked. "I have been a manager and I know that your priority is to win games, and that priority is not to develop players for the national team.

"All managers' first priority is to win games for their clubs, chairpersons and their supporters and the legislation that is in place at the moment allows them to use those five players.

"Does that not impact on the national game. Do our young players have to wait in the wings longer than they should?" Baxter was quoted on News24.com.

Bafana Bafana face Tunisia in an international friendly on August 18 and it was for that reason that he selected the little known Jeffrey Ntuka.

"I am taking him, not a player that is playing in South Africa because it is an indication that players here are not getting exposure.

"This kid is playing in the Belgium Premier League. If we were doing that in South Africa I think we will have more home-based players coming through at an early age."

The coach announced his 20-man squad to visit Tunis on Thursday.

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