The problem with Fikile Mbalula is that he thinks MP stands for Minister of Parties. The alarm bells should have went off when Mbalula spoke out of turn after Valcke spoke about the match-fixing scandal that has got Danny in a fix. So let me share my 2 cents' worth on this silly little topic. Is the South African National football team a bunch of losers?
Soccer is fast becoming a former national past time for many. In the past, the only choices you had after school were: Politics or soccer. With the advent of democracy and the Tech age, real pitches have been replaced by virtual online computer games. The outcome is a generation of passive footballers who only play because they are moderately better than their peers. Those who chose politics are in parliament thinking they are event manager for parliament, and this brings me to Mbaks: aka the minister of parties (MP) Mbalula has no right to speak about failure when he is failing South African sports himself. Netball: He made a promise to create a professional netball league in 2012, it is 2014 and no delivery, He has failed to resurrect boxing and BSA continues to be in shambles, ASA are currently suspended from SASCOC, There has not been a black African player in the Proteas test squad in 4 years, RUGBY continues to be a predominantly exclusive sports, the match fixing saga at SAFA remains unresolved. How can Mbalula dig into BAFANA BAFANA so hard and yet keep quiet on the ineptude of the President of South Africa?
In an election year, you would expect President Zuma to be on the charm offensive, but instead what does he (via the ANC) do? He provokes anger, causes anxiety and leaves people wishing for more, if we did not know better, we would think Zuma is the director of the MEN'S HEALTH adverts. So if Bafana Bafana are losers, what does that make of Jacob of Nkandla?
The real loser is Mbalula, who failed in his bid to be the general secretary of the ANC and has since made the ministry his pet project, the ministry of awards. He has shown that he lacks the backbone to confront the real problems in South African sports: specifically the fight for power and positions in the boardrooms of many federations and associations.
My apologies for such an incoherent opinion piece.
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