Pressing Issues: Soccer school for Pitso

2012-03-03 21:15

Words by inyanga S’bonelo Madela – “Bafana Bafana will not win a game until they pay me” – have come back to haunt the South African Football Association (Safa).

The man has claimed that the Safa bigwigs roped him in to work his charm and help Bafana in their last World Cup 2010 group match against France.

According to Madela, the agreement was that he would be paid R100 000 but he was only given a R10 000 deposit, and Safa has been avoiding him ever since.

Now, after failing to win games and with two losses and six draws in Bafana’s last eight matches, we hear that Safa is considering paying the man.

It’s been said that coach Pitso Mosimane does not agree. He apparently told his bosses – after Wednesday night’s dour goalless draw – that his vision is still on course. He is reported to have said that friendly matches do not matter that much in his mind as his main goal is building a team for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Hence his blooding of a number of young players, he reasoned.

Given his antics on the touchline on Wednesday night, where his body language suggested that he was not to blame but the players, I have a suggestion.

There is only one way Mosimane can keep his fat R800 000-a-month salary. He should suggest to Safa that – just as the ANC has opened a political school – Safa follows suit by opening a school of football.

Mosimane should be appointed Professor of Chicken Psychology.

I think he would excel on the field and justifiably retain his high salary.

The suggestion for Safa is that they should just forget about being a football organisation as suggested by the F in their acronym and register as an events management company.

They have proved their mettle in hosting events as proved by the 1996 Afcon, the 2010 World Cup and I am sure, will once more enhance their image as the best hosts in Africa when they host the continental event next year.

As things stand, it seems they could make a lot of money in events management rather than in running football.

They were lucky that the eThekwini City and KwaZulu-Natal province agreed to share the R7 million cost for staging the friendly against Senegal.

But it looks as if we’re at a stage where no country will agree to play a friendly match against us unless we pay them, even if we have to travel to that country or a neutral venue.

Finally, in a patriotic move, Mosimane left Orlando Pirates players out of Wednesday’s match as they were to play a crucial continental tournament match this weekend. However the PSL rescheduled Black Leopards’ (who arrive tomorrow from a continental engagement in Zimbabwe) match against Golden Arrows for Wednesday in Durban.

How is that for patriotism and double standards?

Sad.

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