TALKING FOOTBALL

2016-04-20 06:00

SOUTH African football coaches are big on talking rather than on doing. I think we are lazy and expect others to do things for us. In fact, the football community in South Africa has not done much to improve the game. We still depend a lot on European nations to produce technical and/or tactical information for our consumption.

When are we going to read technical books written by South African football coaches? It is about time our football experts start producing information and/or knowledge to develop local football. It is a shame that in a country where the first heart transplant was conducted, no research has been conducted in football. We continue doing an injustice to our beautiful game through using inappropriate training methods.

South Africans need to learn that politics do not feed and develop people. It is important that we learn to work with both friends and foe. The winner takes all mentality is not helping the game to grow. The game needs the contribution of many people, including your enemies. The current set-up on all levels is serving individual egos instead of players.Nations like Germany and the Spanish have shown in recent years the importance of focusing on home-brewed solutions.

This direction unfortunately, requires people that are not scared of hard work. South Africa has enough technical talent within the coaching fraternity. I think if you focus on your friends, your work will not prosper.

The youth of South Africa deserve better than the service they are getting presently. Mind-sets need to change if the potential of local talent is to be recognised.

Unzima lo mthwalo.

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