Pressing Issues: The good, bad and ugly

2013-04-28 14:00

This week showed all the good, bad and ugly sides of the ­beautiful game called football.

Let’s start with the good: The Order of Ikhamanga that was conferred on Kaizer Chiefs boss, Kaizer Motaung, by President Jacob Zuma last night, is long overdue.

It could not have gone to a more deserving ­person. It’s actually strange how this thing called life works.

It’s no mean feat for a boy who was raised in a crowded matchbox house in Phefeni, Soweto, to build a dynasty that has become a world-recognised brand worth billions.

Motaung, a gentleman from his playing days and a shrewd businessman to boot, has totally changed the landscape of South African football.

From the days of the “preza” (president), who would normally be a ­township corner-shop owner, to mingling with the elite of Joburg’s northern suburbs and attracting big corporates to the game as sponsors, as well as inviting global football giants to come and play against his beloved Amakhosi, ­Motaung has come full circle.

And then, the bad (if you’re a supporter of Spanish football): a German whitewash over Spain. Not so long ago, when the Champions League draw was conducted, many pundits started shouting that it was ­going to be another El Classico final.

Now, the score is 8-1 to Germany after ­Bayern Munich annihilated Barcelona 4-0 and Borussia Dortmund dismantled Real Madrid 4-1. The German sides have a foot in the final. The matter will be settled on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Finally, the ugly: Liverpool and Uruguay striker Luis Suárez has proved to be just as wayward as he is immensely talented. ­

Otherwise, how do you explain his transformation from a cannibal who bites Chelsea ­defender Branislav Ivanovic one minute to the agile predator who scores a stunning goal the next?

The English FA has done well by banning him for 10 matches despite his club ­announcing that they had fined him, which to me looked like a smoke?screen aimed at ­getting him a lesser sanction. He should undergo ­anger management counselling.

But these (except the Suárez incident, of course) are the intrigues that make us just love the beautiful game.

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