Kevin Fine

Where's that killer instinct?

2004-12-07 07:19

There is definitely something wrong with our football. In the richest tournament on the African continent four teams could not find the killer instinct to finish off their opponents in regulation time.

So what did we get to see this weekend? Two penalty shoot-outs - one ending 2-0 to Kaizer Chiefs (embarrassing) and the other (which, granted, was in the rain) 4-3 to Supersport United after a goalless draw.

Now without pointing blame at the coaches, weather conditions, and potentially even muti - I am not amused.

For years I've defended the PSL and what it represents. It has come a long way - but lacks enough thrills to really attract attention beyond Chiefs and Pirates.

The Amakhosi and the Matsatsantsa will renew their cup final rivalry but it's more meaningful to them than the fans, and let's be honest, they're not dishing up what you would call real entertainment.

It's a sad situation - because although it's not the English Premiership, these are the best footballers in the country.

It's no wonder the stadiums are mostly empty.

Having said that, our premier cricketers also regularly play to empty stadiums. Then again, I've never seen cricketers in this country competing for a couple of million rands worth of prizemoney.

To my mind, if the stakes are high, the performance has got to be geared to its highest nth, and not the lowest, and that's where I see our football.

In defence of the penalty situation, I did see Argentina advance to the finals of the World Cup in 1990 with two penalty shoot-outs - one eliminating the hosts in Napoli followed by the most deafening silence in a stadium seating 80 000 fans.

In context though, the problem extends to our national team where, under the guidance of Mr Baxter, the side has produced some good results. But the players need to develop a killer instinct!

Why should soccer be decided by a lottery because it's easier?

I can't help feeling that there is something missing in the development, or coaching of South African footballers.

While I take my hat off to many of the local coaches, it's the foreign legion trading off piddly CV's to earn a buck that can't relate to our boys.

What are they ultimately going to achieve for our football standards (as opposed to worrying about being lynched for losing a game)?

We need a go-go gadget soccer fixer, but where is he/she?

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