Kaizer Chiefs coach Ted Dumitru has come out in support of foreign players based in South Africa, despite calls for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to limit the amount of foreign players clubs are allowed to register.
Critics claim that the recent foreign influx into South African football has a negative effect, not only on our league, but also on our national squad.
However, 'The Professor' believes the 'foreigners' improve our players, although he added that youth development should become a priority in this country.
"Foreign influx in the domestic league will not have a negative effect as long as it's done parallel with improvements in the development area," Dumitru told the Kaizer Chiefs official website.
"If you look at other countries around the world, they do have this foreign influx and yet their national teams are doing well. We could however have critical problems, something that could be difficult to tackle in future if development is not addressed immediately.
Although the Romanian feels that the standard in the PSL is high, he added that South African players should continuously strive to improve their standards.
"We need to maintain certain standards and I will definitely disagree with those who are promoting mediocre standards coming from these foreign players," he said.
"If that were to be the case, then we would be going nowhere. I think there is a criterion now that a player must have some value in order to be accepted in the PSL."