Pressing Issues: We need younger leaders of sport

2012-11-03 14:19

The nomination lists for positions in the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and Premier Soccer League (PSL) executive committees raise some familiar questions.

For the record, the lists revealed that Irvin “the Iron Duke” Khoza will stand unopposed for the PSL chairperson position on Thursday.

He will then go on to challenge Gideon Sam for the Sascoc presidency on September 24.

Two things can be read from the Sascoc and PSL nomination lists.

It is that either there is a dearth of sports administrators in this country or, just as is the case in the ruling ANC, there is no clear-cut succession plan.

Aside from Khoza, who will assume his umpteenth term as PSL chairperson, the lists contain all the usual suspects.

For one, Kaizer Motaung, who is almost guaranteed a position in the PSL executive, celebrated his 68th birthday on October 10.

This means he will be 72 by the end of this term.

Khoza will be 68 by then.

Hajera Kajee, who is having another go at the Sascoc vice-presidency, has been at it since 1996 – that’s 16 years ago – when she became the first woman to be elected into the then National Olympic Committee of SA.

Aside from the 29-year-old Lunga Sokhela and Daniel Simelane, the PSL list is teeming with faces getting on in years.

When are we going to see new faces who will breathe fresh air into our sport administration?

Khoza has done wonders for the PSL. A serious examination of those surrounding him also does not give an idea of who might have made a better chairperson.

But, all the same, no one is indispensable and we should not create an aura of invincibility that guarantees people lifetime positions.

Another question that begs an answer is: why did the young Khumbulani Konco and Floyd Mbele not sign their nomination forms?

If the young guns don’t take up the cudgels, raise their hands and be counted, the status quowill continue and we will find ourselves in the same situation Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) are in.

The 76-year-old Sepp Blatter has been Fifa president since June 8 1998 and was re-elected in 2002, 2007 and last year.

By the end of his current term, in 2014, he will be 78.

By the same token, Issa Hayatou has been CAF president since 1987.

He is standing for the next term, starting in 2013. If he wins again – as he is likely to – he will be 71 at the end of his term.

Will he be there till death?

»smseleku@citypress.co.za


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