TALKING FOOTBALL

2015-07-30 06:00

CONGRATULATIONS to our young coaches in Msunduzi for organising themselves into a structure. I hope this will move the agenda from talking about football into talking football i.e. what happens between the four white lines.

South African football will find it impossible to progress without proper football structures. Currently, there is too much focus on power and control. We are too obsessed with positions rather than the work itself.

We have raised the question of the bankruptcy of technical know-how in football leadership at all levels. It is critical for people to understand fully the production methods and products in their industry. In other words, football should be led by footballers. There are too many non-football people leading South African football. We are hopeful that in the near future the game will have its South African Michel Platinis.

It is also important that those interested in football administration familiarise themselves with technical matters. We have a very abnormal situation where clerks plan the competition season. Performance sports are not like selling fish and chips. It involves human beings and things like periodisation should be considered. We have a unique situation in our district where teams play Saturdays and Sundays because of poor planning. It has sort of become a norm.

It should not be surprising then that the district has not promoted a team into the Motsepe league in the past few years. There are a combination of factors, like poor player preparation, abnormal competition conditions, terrible playing facilities, refereeing issues, etc. It is important that as leaders we create an enabling environment for the youth to shine. Parents and football leaders have a lot of soul- searching to do.

The Midlands can be the best football talent hotbed in the country provided we all play ball. Local municipalities have a duty to provide proper football facilities for local footballers.

The agenda for all stakeholders in football should be football, not about football.

Unzima lo mthwalo

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