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Safa technical director Serame Letsoaka has commended the National Soccer League for making it compulsory for its First Division clubs to field a minimum of five local Under-23 players.
"The move is long overdue and a big thank you to the league, this will help us a great deal in the development of football. We will now see more youngsters in the First Division," Letsoaka said.
At the board of governors meeting, the highest decision making body for the league, on Saturday, it was also decided that a single National First Division (NFD) will be established in 2011/2012 season.
It was also decided that first division teams will be allowed a maximum of three foreign players from the 2011-2012 season.
"Our Under-23 national team will be the main beneficiary with more players getting a chance to impress national coaches," Letsoaka said.
The NFD winner for the 2011-2012 season will again achieve automatic promotion to the PSL.
And the status will remain for the promotion and relegation of the team that finishes 15th with the customary round robin league format involving the teams that finish 2nd and 3rd in the NFD.
The PSL executive committee will meet later this month to decide on the format for the 2010/2011 season.
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PSL CEO Kjetil Siem said 160 Under-23 players would be guaranteed a place in the NFD which will help in the success of future Olympic and national teams.