Pressing Issues: Not all roses in the potpourri of SA football

2013-11-12 10:00

I want to address a potpourri of subjects. While potpourri is a mixture of dried fragrant plants that provides a fresh natural scent, it also describes a collection of miscellaneous items.

And the word ‘pourri’ means ‘rotten’, which aptly describes some of the subjects I want to touch on.

PSL vs Safa

The PSL’s stance that clubs will have to decide individually whether they release their players to play in the African Nations Championships to be hosted here in January stinks to high heaven.

It is a double standard of the lowest order from an organisation that has previously proclaimed their support for the event.

The PSL’s highest decision-making body, the board of governors, must meet immediately, make a decision on whether they support this tournament or not, and then make an announcement to the nation rather than send their CEO to do their dirty work.

Young Fires

A group or individuals named Young Fires sent an email to different media people claiming the Safa elections on September 28 were rigged.

They go on to claim: “In the Danny Jordaan camp, six or seven of his nominees have serious criminal records which were never presented to the IEC. The IEC knew about them but they decided to overlook the process.”

These are serious allegations of fraud, which is a crime in this country. The Young Fires should come out in the open and lay charges with the relevant security structures as it is difficult to take anonymous claims seriously.

Their statement that “at this stage we will remain anonymous for the safety of our Save Our Football members’ stance” holds no water.

If they have proof of their claims, they should make them known to the police so that those who allegedly committed these crimes can be dealt with.

Match-fixing

Former Safa vice-president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko last week called for Safa to deal with the match-fixing scandal swiftly and called an offside over the expulsion of members who took the organisation to court.

It’s true that the match-fixing scandal must be dealt with. It hangs like a dark cloud over Safa, but we all know the matter was handed over to government, and the last time we heard, the president was still “applying his mind” to the appointment of a commission.

Just as there were loud cries at some stage for President Jacob Zuma to be granted “his day in court”, those implicated in this scandal must be given their day.

They also deserve to have their say at whatever platform is set up to investigate and resolve this matter, rather than being subjected to the allegations hanging over their heads. Bringing closure on this matter is up to government.

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