Erasmus picks lower division over PSL clubs
Former Bafana Bafana striker Mark Williams hopes it was not a matter of pride that Kermit Erasmus opted against a return to the PSL to sign with AFC Eskilstuna in the second division in Sweden.
Erasmus joined the club yesterday after being without a club for a month following the termination of his contract by French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais.
The 27-year-old has had a tumultuous time in Europe since leaving Orlando Pirates for Rennes in 2016. He struggled to make an impact and was shipped out on loan to Lens in the French Ligue 2 last year.
"I hope it's not a matter of pride because as a player you want to play for a top division," Williams told Sowetan.
"He has not been treated well in SA in the past [in the national team] and maybe that was a factor. I am not sure how much the second division pays in Sweden, but I hope he is making lots of money, otherwise he should have come back."
In recent years, South African footballers have found it difficult to make a name for themselves in the top leagues overseas.
Williams was in a similar situation when he left Wolverhampton Wanderers in England in 1996 after falling out of favour. He chose to join Kaizer Chiefs for six months and earned a move back overseas.
"Wolves told me they had signed a new striker and that I would fall to the bench. I said no; I would rather leave.
"I came back to play for Kaizer Chiefs for six months and proved myself as a goal scorer. After that I was signed by a club in Saudi Arabia."
Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.
Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.