SHOOTING THE BREEZE

2015-06-11 06:00

AS as a proud South African I must say that the recent allegations about our 2010 World Cup are not just raising eyebrows, but are also giving everybody sleepless nights and are disturbing.

Some of us are already asking if we really won the 2010 bid or if Fifa did us a favour. We are also asking about the alleged $25m (R314 million) paid to the former Confederation of North Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) president Jack Warner.

The fact is a lot of people in this country are unemployed, poor and living under unbearable conditions, and sport facilities are desperately needed and are in short supply in South Africa the country, especially here in our city.

A quick look or a drive around Pietermaritzburg sadly reveals that more than 10 soccer­ grounds were closed down and never replaced.

It is heartbreaking to see that our municipality is not paying attention to this or at least is trying to solve the problem. It is unfortunate that our community leaders, politicians, football associations and federations­ always urge our children to take part in sport in order to stay away from social ills such as drugs and petty crime, but sport facilities are still a big problem.

Facilities are either short, vandalised or neglected. It is also unfortunate that the recent allegations are not only tarnishing the South African FAs image, it affects the entire country.

I don’t think the atmosphere of unity and brotherhood spirit is in full swing at Safa­’s headquarters in Johannesburg, otherwise disturbing allegations such as these would not have happened.

Whatever happened between the SA-2010 LOC and Fifa was supposed to stay there.

In SA soccer, especially at Safa House, there are a lot of unhappy officials, back-stabbing and a pack full of unsettled grudges among senior officials.

I also suspect the recent bribery scandal is not about alleged corruption, rather it is about personalities and power struggle.

There are a lot of hidden agendas between officials and they are expected to explode very loud in the future. Already the former Safa president Molefe Oliphant has started singing ugly tunes about the current Safa president and former 2010 SA LOC member Danny Jordaan.

Maybe South Africans, especially SA’s passionate soccer followers need to revisit and remember what happened during Safa elections in 2009 when the LOC and PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and LOC CEO Jordaan were not ready for elections and Kirsten Nematandani unexpectedly became Safa president.

I just hope our Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula will at least try and investigate the mess at Safa House first instead of carelessly commenting about 2010 World Cup, who seems to have a shallow knowledge about it

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