Wozodlala: soccer legends mobilise KZN to get behind Bafana Bafana

2010-05-03 00:00

SCEPTICS are assured that KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of the country are ready to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament.

This was the word from KZN soccer legends as they took the public down memory lane at Madlula’s Place in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday evening.

Wozodlala (come to play) is KZN’s 2010 campaign, which was launched on February 22 by Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize.

It is aimed at mobilising the people of KZN to rally behind Bafana Bafana and to welcome visitors in the build-up to the month-long tournament.

The Madlula’s event was held in conjunction with the Sports and Recreation Department, which has a special 2010 programme in place to showcase soccer legends and use their skills to develop young players.

The legends who were invited included:

Sugar-Ray Xulu (Amazulu FC); Bizza Dlamini (Kaizer Chiefs); Mahlalela Radebe (Kaizer Chiefs); Patson Banda (Orlando Pirates); Patrick Moodley (Amazulu); Bobby Xaba (African Wanderers); Muzi Khumalo (Amazulu); Bennet Gondwe (Durban Bush Bucks); Kurra Buthelezi (Sappi Home Stars); and Jerry Mohlakane (African Warriors).

Mohlakane told The Witness: “Our soccer is too commercialised and professional players need to learn more about basic football skills.

“During our time there was no musical attraction for people at stadiums … thousands went to the football fields just to see their heroes in action.”

While said Mohlakanesaid he is happy with the preparations for the June spectacular, he said he was disappointed by the Bafana Bafana camps in Brazil and Germany.

“These camps are leaving us fans confused because the coach is not consistent in his selection of players,” said Mohlakane.

He criticised what he called the mediocre teams selected to play against the national squad during the build up towards 2010.

“Bafana was not given a chance to play against highly competitive national soccer teams,” he said.

He urged the South African Football Association to focus on the development of soccer rather than serve their own selfish ends.

As for the youth, Mohlakane emphasised the importance of proper behaviour, saying, “The young ones must stay away from doing drugs and they should also learn to correct their attitude.”

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