TALKING FOOTBALL

2016-01-27 06:00

WE need to start taking education seriously. I am not only referring to academic education - sport, cultural, moral and values need to be taught and learnt. South Africa’s period outside the mainstream of international football did not help our game.

Although we had some outstanding footballers during apartheid years, we were still way behind leading football nations. The only positive thing at that time was that our football was not contaminated by foreign ideas and values.

Currently, South African football is a concoction of a variety of football cultures. We are what John Cartwright calls “copy cat”. Safa has not helped the situation either through the lack of foresight. The football education section has failed to come up with what can be termed a “South African football coaching education syllabus”. We still have a mixture of outdated Dutch, German and Brazilian material. This has not helped in developing a special breed of coaches suitable for the development of local talent.

This has resulted in our game becoming a bloody, confused mess. We have been lazy to engage in discussions and research that can lead to us finding ourselves. The media and those in leadership positions have not helped the situation. There is a thinking that UEFA coaching qualifications are the best, hence those with these qualifications are getting preference in most coaching jobs, locally. Interestingly, we seem to forget the importance of national culture, beliefs, mentalities and the way of life as part of playing sport.

We seem to find it difficult to move away from the influences of our colonial masters. We are still trapped in the direct long-ball play. Football matches from lower levels to our professional division are dominated by kick and rush mentalities. The ball spends more time in the air than on the ground. Is this not a reason why municipalities in UMgungundlovu for instance, are unwilling to provide proper facilities for football?

It is said old habits are hard to break. The way we think, teach, play and watch the game needs to change if South African talent is to thrive in international football competitions. This idea of copying other nations needs to change. It is also important that we treat football as education. Any profession that pays handsomely requires certain levels of skills. The days of relying on luck and miracles are gone. Therefore, footballers must have the skills to play the game.

Currently, players have very limited abilities to perform their tasks. The biggest challenge is the lack of training, qualified coaches, facilities, equipment and parental support. May I also take this opportunity to send condolences to the family and club – Maritzburg United FC - for the death of Mondli Cele.

Unzima lo mthwalo.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.