TALKING FOOTBALL

2015-10-15 06:00

IT IS worth repeating that football in this country will continue struggling because of football illiterates. Currently, either at club or association level, men and women with no history in the game are leading.

This is probably one of the reasons why corruption is also rampant. This is also the only sport code in this country where anyone becomes an expert without playing or studying it.

The game is slowly losing its soul. Playing has become secondary to the current leaders. Campaigning for positions, endless meetings and free shirts and lunches seem to be a priority.

We are probably the only footballing country in the world where teams do not finish their annual programmes. Clubs do not even know when league programmes start and finish.

Football is about training and competition. It looks as though many of us have forgotten about our responsibilities as leaders. I am told that in some areas leagues run for a month. Locally, in our district, the senior league (SAB League) is in shambles.

Players are subjected to health-threatening situations every year. Where do you find leagues where players play fixtures on Saturdays and Sundays? Only non-sporting people can do that. People are lucky they have not been sued for subjecting our youth to life-threatening situations.

It pains me to see such things happening in an era where information is freely available. We played football during apartheid years. Our officials never had offices and all the current gadgets available in the new South Africa. They did their work with love. It is a pity that slate politics is also affecting football. It is either you are an A or B supporter. We seem to think more with our stomachs than our clear minds.

The youth are suffering as a result.

Unzima lo mthwalo

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