Football, crying for leadership

2015-06-18 06:00

THE football industry must be returned to its rightful owners i.e. footballers themselves. Young African footballers should be encouraged to pursue both academic and football performance excellence.

Currently in Africa, the game is led mainly by non-footballers. The majority of former players lack administrative skills because of their poor educational background.

We are not going to see any progress in the African game, including South Africa. The reason is that the majority of football “leaders” have no passion for the game. They are in football for fame and fortune. They have no appreciation of the sacrifices made by those who work within the four white lines. The majority of them are getting fatter, while the game is dying.

Football is a technical activity. About 90% of people leading football in this country is technically bankrupt. They have no understanding of the value of good coaching and well-maintained facilities in the development of football. We are still waiting to see the fruits of transformation promised by the new regime.

We play in leagues where winners are declared before the end of fixtures. A few teams finish their programme while the rest continue with fixtures. Official matches are played in fields with no field markings and mostly with no assistant referees. One wonders why people campaign for leadership positions when they are not interested in developing the game.

History will judge us harshly for having made the lives of the youth difficult. We seem to have forgotten that the struggle was not about making our stomach bigger, but to change the lives of ordinary people, particularly the young.

Football is crying for the leadership of former footballers. Unzima lo mthwalo

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