TALKING FOOTBALL

2015-09-24 06:00

THE SAB league should be a mainstay league for districts of Safa. The same applies to the Motsepe League at provincial level. It is unfortunate that management of these leagues is pathetic. People are surprised why PSL teams are full of foreign talent and Bafana Bafana is struggling against small nations.

South Africa is struggling for leadership on many fronts, including football. It is a pity that football is also a game played by mainly poor young black boys and girls. We are mainly interested in occupying offices.

Safa has become a sort of a milking cow for most of us. We are more active in campaigning for positions than delivering on our promises. Football i.e. activities inside the four lines, is the last thing on the mind of many football officials. We are more interested in campaigning for national executive committee positions. It is about pushing us into positions where benefits like travelling, staying in five-star hotels and attending international matches in luxury count the most.

We have said it before, UMgungundlovu district has not promoted a team to high divisions. The same can be said of the provincial league. Western Province has been promoting more teams into the national first division. This is a province that has less talent compared to our province.

We have really let down the youth of this province. It is about time that football seeks those who care about the game. It is also problematic that the many men and women who do not know the pain and glory of playing football, are at the forefront.

Training and competition are the two most important components of any self-respecting football association. The game of football has social and economic components, it influences the lives of many young people. Failure to handle sport, and football in particular, is creating disastrous situations across the district. We also have individual club owners who spend lots of their family’s money to help the game. It is sad that their efforts are not rewarded with proper administration of our leagues.

The less said about the state of many football facilities, the better. We have registered our disappointment in this column about the failure of local government in this regard. Our government is led today by many who played the game during apartheid. It is a pity they have forgotten about areas where they grew up. The majority of us are funding privileged and private schools where our children are going to school.

It is important that we think of the kind of legacy to leave for the next generation. UMgungundlovu has many young gifted footballers who need a good environment to develop their talents. Government, parents and football association officials have a responsibility to provide the right environment for our talent.

Unzima lo mthwalo

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