Billiant Khama and Ndoro to become South Africans
Mashaba feels Bafana would easily have qualified had South Africa had player of Khama Billiat’s calibre in his squad, adding that all the top strikers in the PSL are foreign.
“We are really looking forward to qualifying with the team we are setting up, but we have one problem; how are we going to sort out the scoring problem?” Mashaba told reporters after the match.
“All the top strikers in the league are foreign. If I can have a player like (Khama) Billiat, then maybe we’d score more, but by the way the boys are playing, I don’t doubt we’ll qualify for the World Cup,” he added.
The coach also said that unfortunately he does not have the power to convert foreign players to be South Africans.
This is when people started these rumours that players like Billiant Khama and Ndoro are to be converted into South Africans .
What Does FIFA say ?
FIFA allowed a player to represent any national team, as long as the player held citizenship of that country. In 2004, in reaction to the growing trend towards naturalisation of foreign players in some countries, FIFA implemented a significant new ruling that requires a player to demonstrate a “clear connection” to any country they wish to represent. FIFA has used its authority to overturn results of competitive international matches that feature ineligible players.
FIFA’s eligibility rules also demand that in men’s competitions, only men are eligible to play, and that in women’s competitions, only women are eligible to play.
In January 2004, a new ruling came into effect that permitted a player to represent one country at youth international level and another at senior international level, provided that the player applied before their 21st birthday.The first player to do so was Antar Yahia, who played for the France under-18s before representing Algeria in qualifiers for the 2004 Olympic Games. More recent examples include Sone Aluko, who has caps for the England under-19s and Nigeria,and Andrew Driver, a former England under-21 representative who is committed to the Scotland national team.
In March 2004, FIFA amended its wider policy on international eligibility. This was reported to be in response to a growing trend in some countries, such as Qatar and Togo, to naturalise players born and raised in Brazil (and elsewhere) that have no apparent ancestral links to their new country of citizenship.
An emergency FIFA committee ruling judged that players must be able to demonstrate a “clear connection” to a country that they had not been born in but wished to represent. This ruling explicitly stated that, in such scenarios, the player must have at least one parent or grandparent who was born in that country, or the player must have been resident in that country for at least two years.
In November 2007, FIFA President Sepp Blatter told the BBC: “If we don’t stop this farce, if we don’t take care about the invaders from Brazil towards Europe, Asia and Africa then, in the 2014 or the 2018 World Cup, out of the 32 teams you will have 16 full of Brazilian players.
The residency requirement for players lacking birth or ancestral connections with a specific country was extended from two to five years in May 2008 at FIFA’s Congress as part of Blatter’s efforts to preserve the integrity of competitions involving national teams.
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