Of wagging tails and peanuts pay

2011-02-19 18:57

Dear Dr Irvin “The Iron Duke” Khoza,It has been a while since I penned a missive.

However, as somebody born on January 27, 1948 (may I take this opportunity to wish you a happy belated 63rd birthday), you belong to a generation ­familiar with the art of letter writing.

I must state upfront that I have lost touch with the ­expertise we used at school when writing those letters about the broken golden cups, ­standing perpendicular and what some feelings were doing to our medulla oblongata or ­metabolic systems.

We went on to write to ­unsuspecting damsels how our blood-pumping machines went into overdrive whenever we saw the objects of our affection.
Oh, how time flies?...

You will remember how ­important you felt when you asked someone what the registration capacity of their ­chronometer was.

But I digress.

My note is a follow-up to our discussion on Metro FM’s ­Discovery Sports Centre the ­other day.

I was very touched by your thinking aloud on national radio that you might donate the R16.5?million you earned through your hard work of ­getting sponsorship for your ­beloved brainchild, the Premier Soccer League (PSL), to the ­Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ­Animals.

I am sure those animals that the noble organisation looks ­after would wag their tails in ­appreciation.

However, as a great believer in the concept of charity beginning at home, I feel the struggling National First Division (NFD) clubs would appreciate it more.

Even the R2?million per club – which works out to R32?million – you said was given to Absa PSL chairpersons at the end of the year to allow them “to take their families on holiday” would be such a ­welcome relief to NFD players who mostly earn ­peanuts.

I can guarantee you that such a humane and magnanimous act would earn you yet another ­honorary doctorate, known as ­Doctor Honoris Causa.

Funny how these things work: the latter part of this degree is pronounced just like your ­surname, Khoza.

Imagine a second doctorate that will force us to address you as Dr Dr Khoza.

I remain yours truly.

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