Why not honour the visionary ‘Stix’ Morewa?

2011-06-25 14:46

I found a fascinating paragraph buried in the last page – page 17 to be exact – of a document titled “Progress Report 1: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa ­Organising Committee”.

The passage reads: “The pursuit of South Africa hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup is a dream started at the 1994 Fifa World Cup USA. The South African Football Association officially registered its bid to host the 2006 Fifa World Cup on 16 September 1994 signed by Solomon Morewa (president) and Donald Norman (secretary-general) and its resolve to host the Fifa World Cup was further strengthened by the successful hosting of the African Cup of Nations in South Africa in 1996.”

This got me thinking – why is Morewa so vilified even in death?

Right now, we are celebrating what everyone is calling the “successful” hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

But why is there no mention of this visionary who dreamt of South Africa hosting the World Cup ­before everybody else did?

People are collecting accolades and awards left, right and centre but no one has given Morewa credit.

Was he so hated in football for a single anomaly – for which he was punished and had to suffer the ­humiliation of resigning as Safa president – that he can’t be given the credit due to him?

Has anyone bothered to check on his family and find out where they are?

Would it have been such a big task to invite them to the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup and to have feted them like royalty just for the two days that were the ­culmination of Morewa’s dream?

Even the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations was hosted during his tenure as president and wherever he is, he can boast of being the only president under whose leadership the country won this prestigious tournament.

It was during his rule that Bafana Bafana were ranked Number One on the African continent.

This has not happened since.

His legacy – the Pimville Simba Sports Centre which today goes by the name of Nike Sports Centre – is there for all to see.

Danny Jordaan, who was the 2010 Local Organising Committee CEO, tells us there are celebrations planned for July 11 to commemorate the World Cup final.

I suggest Morewa is also honoured posthumously on the day.

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