Pressing Issues: Soccer’s many sad cases

2012-05-19 19:20

There are words that should neve ... (oops, there I go) be used when soccer is concerned.

These are words such as “never”, “therefore” and “surely”.

Black Leopards’ Tendani Thidiela confidently told a radio reporter before their match on Wednesday that “Jomo Cosmos never scores more than one goal in a match”.

It’s now in the annals that EzeNkosi scored twice in five minutes to spoil Leopards’ party of escaping relegation.

But not before commentator Kevin Evans had declared that Leopards were “surely” safe from relegation when Lidoda Duvha were 2-0 up.

Soccer is such a game of intrigue that Leopards were to know their fate only after their game against Ajax Cape Town and Cosmos’s clash with Santos yesterday.

In soccer you also can’t say Club X beat Club Y, therefore they will win against Club Z. There are no guarantees in soccer.

Which brings me to another matter.

Visuals of Teko Modise with headphones stuck into his ears while sitting on the bench when Mamelodi Sundowns were losing 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs were quite disturbing.

And then the television cameras picked up Benedict “Tso” Vilakazi beaming from ear to ear while typing away on his cellphone at the end of the Leopards vs Moroka Swallows match.

His club, Leopards, had just lost 5-2 and he did not seem to give a hoot.

These are just two of many incidents that show how ill-disciplined our players are.

They just don’t seem to care what happens around them or have much respect for the clubs that pay them.

They are the first to cry foul and complain about being treated like children when officials confiscate their phones during camp.

 This should not be the case, though.

 As professionals, they should know the no-nos when they are on camp.

Eventually, their ‘I don’t care attitude’ leads to their downfall.

And when they die as paupers, we are supposed to feel sorry and even dig deep into our pockets to help bury them.

It is high time that administrators drummed it into players’ ears the role attitude plays in the make-up of a professional.

Soccer is a team sport and sitting on the bench while listening to music or playing on your phone is disrespectful to the technical team, your team-mates, the club boss and even the supporters who pay their hard-earned cash to watch their clubs play.

We have seen players come and go.

What you do as a player follows you for the rest of your life.

Once a player feels he has arrived and starts looking down on people, this is how they will look and treat him when his playing days are over.

It’s called karma.

Soccer just has too many sad cases and the current generation should not be allowed to add to that sad state of affairs.

» smseleku@citypress.co.za


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