Kevin Fine

Novels with an evil undercurrent

2005-04-12 13:07

I couldn't have asked for a better sporting weekend.

A full day of rugby, golf at Augusta, Test cricket in the Caribbean, MotoGP, and football.

But the awesome weekend action didn't detract from a programme I'd watched earlier in the week where Tim Modise hosted Eddie Lewis, Thomas Kwenaite, Stuart Baxter on the phone - and THE journalist from the Sowetan who had made some scathing accusations against our national coach in his newspaper.

It doesn't bother me so much that a journalist has an opinion, but when he says this is fact, and that he can prove that Rob Moore is responsible for Bafana's team selection as well the hiring of Baxter for the Bafana job one has to wonder.

I have argued for years that the South African media have been paid off, bribed and coerced into writing and producing stories that aim specifically at toppling sports coaches.

Journos are not stumbling upon these stories, or fishing for clues - they are writing fictitious novels with a very evil undercurrent, sometimes a political agenda that has no place in sport.

To my mind everybody knows who's pulling the strings, but the same people are too afraid to point fingers for fear of a witch hunt.

We have watched some of the top professionals in the world come to this country and be forced out in a trial by media, that has been so direct and calculated that it makes me sick to my stomach.

Look at Carlos Quieroz now. If only he'd stayed we would not have suffered the embarrassment of not even qualifying for the knockout rounds of the African Cup of Nations.

Impressive record

Best of all - is the journo in question says to Baxter on the show: "I'm not trying to disrupt your preparations for World Cup qualifying". Please!

The whole objective of these campaigns is to consistently interrupt and discredit those that are more capable, willing, knowledgeable and professional than any other coach in this country.

And for whose gain... Baxter has an impressive record, winning 9 out of his 12 matches in charge. Nothing to be ashamed of.

Yet when a campaign starts against the national coach it is imbued in a bribery scam, alleging that a football agent and the coach are in cahoots, I'm assuming this is to satisfy the agents need to increase value in his players for sales benefits.

The campaign is also quick to note how so few local players are selected to play in internationals. With all due respect, does one want to exclude our players who are playing top flight quality football to satisfy some knucklehead.

Have you ever considered that it may be the journalist who should be scrutinised. Perhaps we should look into his accounts and see whether his so called journalistic integrity has been well paid for.

Later.

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