Soccer isn't progressing - Mbalula

Fikile Mbalula watched Wednesday’s game between Bafana Bafana and Nigeria, but wasn’t impressed.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Sports Arts and Culture Fikile Mbalula has lamented South Africa's lack of progression on the soccer field.

Mbalula spoke to Sports Talk's Udo Carelse about the state of soccer and rugby in South Africa on Thursday night.

The minister said he watched Wednesday's game between Bafana Bafana and Nigeria and wasn't impressed.

"We've got lots of talent in the country but it's not being nurtured. We must be further up in the rankings ... Our boys are not progressing."

Mbalula said although Nigeria was a tough team to beat "the boys didn't even put up a fight."

Bafana Bafana lost 2-0 to Nigeria in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge match played in Durban.

Asked about the South African Rugby Union's (Saru) news quota system, Mbalula said quotas are counterproductive.

"Transformation is about equality and access, and if those basic principles are undermined then we'll continue to have national teams that aren't representative of a democratic nation.

"In South Africa only 20 schools produce future Springboks and the other schools don't play rugby. The 20 rugby schools don't play soccer and that's why soccer continues to be black."

Saru will introduce a new quota system in domestic rugby from next year in an attempt to see more black talent emerge.