2016-03-02 06:00

GOOD foundation is important if a person is to succeed in any field. This is one of the reasons why pre-school education is critical in the development of a child.

We need to start appreciating the importance of good education for our young. It is crucial to give young South Africans an opportunity to compete successfully with the rest of the world. It is clear there are lots of gaps in the make-up of our senior footballers.

This is not through their own making, rather it is as a result of poor or no education early in life. One is not born an excellent footballer, one requires a long process of relevant education.

Previously, during the difficult times of apartheid, many young people had no access to good education. It is interesting to note that some parents took it upon themselves to provide education for their off-spring. A lot of schools in areas like Sweetwaters, Elandskop etc., were built by parents.

They went a step further by employing science teachers because the apartheid government did not provide science education to black children.

Another group of parents made sacrifices by sending their children to better schools – formerly Model C schools. Definitely these children went on to do very well in life.

It is a reality that sport and football in particular can be a lucrative career option for some young people. The difference today is that parents expect the government to provide everything for them.

The majority of us are not prepared to make sacrifices for our children. We are keen to reap without planting. We always blame everyone else except ourselves. Why do people find it difficult to do things for themselves? Many men and women spend their time enjoying themselves in pubs and restaurants. They expect “Safa” to do something about the plight of their children.

We are looking at helping those who are keen to provide a better future for their children. We are looking at people who are willing to fund their children’s football education. The earlier children start training and getting exposure the better. We are looking at starting with boys in Grade 5 and Grade in 2017.

Those who are interested should contact me at

Football is highly skilled craft and requires intelligent practitioners.

The game of the future will require players that can play under tremendous pressure of space, time, and opponent. Highly developed technical quality will therefore be a must. Players internationally are breaking into first team football between the age of 19 and 21. One needs about 10 years of continuous, exciting and constructive training to develop technical and/or tactical skills.

The reality is that many young boys and girls spend lots of time on computer games and watching television. The problem of obesity is rife among our children. This is not only a health problem, it poses serious social problems for young boys in particular.

South Africans must learn to take their future in their own hands. We have relied too much on other people for our growth. We need to learn to dirty our hands if this country is to thrive and progress.

Currently, our players cannot break into major European leagues. There is also a new big money football league in China and U.S. It is sad that only boys from West Africa are benefiting from playing in the big leagues.

There are no miracles in life. It is about what people invest in their lives. Football is not just about kicking a ball - it is now a far more serious business.

Fifa will be electing a new president. It will be interesting to see the outcome. It is sad that our continent did not see fit to nominate our candidate. Tokyo Sexwale was always going to have problems. I do not think a person who has never led a national football association should attempt leading Fifa.

We hope Fifa will restore a positive image of itself and provide the youth opportunities to grow in football.

Unzima lo mthwalo.

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