Mandatory Challenjah: Vlad V was simply stating the obvious

2010-10-21 09:05

It now seems clear that Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic did not say that he was a better striker than Kaizer Motaung Jnr.

Having seemingly misinterpreted what was written about him by a daily newspaper, Vermezovic wrongfully claimed to have been misquoted and vowed never to speak to the media.

It turned out that Vermezovic actually did say that he had better strikers than Motaung Jnr, and that he was erroneously misled into believing that the newspaper report had stated otherwise.

But that is now besides the point.

The crux of the matter is summed up by one question: What is wrong with a coach saying that he has better strikers than player X in his team?

Looking at the current Chiefs side, very few will disagree that Knowledge Musona, Sthembiso Ngcobo and Nkosinathi Nhleko are, at the moment, better than Motaung Jnr.

In fact, the selection of the trio by Vermezovic to start in Amakhosi’s first four league games is in itself an indication that they are better than all the rest.

If a player is fit, healthy and not under suspension but gets left on the bench, it means that those who are out on the field are better than him.

Now, what is wrong with the coach stating the obvious?

Is is because Vlad V touched a hot potato by making such a comment about a player who happens to be the son of the club boss and the younger brother of the football manager?

Could it be that the Serb coach upset the management in Naturena and had to find a way of appeasing them by singing for his supper after nearly biting the hand that feeds him?

If Vermezovic had said he has better strikers than Jose Torrealba – who as a matter of fact is worse than Motaung Jnr – the matter would probably have remained the molehill it is supposed to be.

The same thing is happening at Pirates where Teko Modise, who was once the first name on the coach’s starting XI, is now unable to make even the bench because there are better midfielders than him.

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