2015-05-07 06:00

IT is a cold and hard reality that South African football has failed to learn from failures of our brothers on this continent. There is a saying: “The wise learn from the mistakes of others, while fools repeat them. Idiots, on the other hand, repeat their own stupid mistakes.”

I doubt if the entire provincial government budget was put into football the masses will benefit. South African football is like a leaky bowl. Resources are not used for the benefit of the game itself.

There is a belief that the majority of the “uneducated” have no role in modern football. It is interesting that although they lack Western-type education, with their raw native intelligence, they have produced some of the best footballers in the country. The class of 1996 is a case in point. They won the Nations Cup and went on to play in Europe. They never went through academies run by foreign scouts and coaches.

There are huge cultural, economic, social and political differences between South Africa and Portugal for instance. Why would people believe that there are Christiano Ronaldos’ to be found in Kwa-Zulu Natal?

If Portugal has failed to discover another Ronaldo, what chance does KZN have. It is sad that the elite leadership are copying things that they cannot themselves comprehend. We are gradually seeing a situation where foreign agents plunder, exploit and take advantage of local talent. Players selected for a provincial team end up signing contracts with foreign-owned football companies.

It is unfortunate that the poor black continues to be exploited by expatriates with the collusion of local governmental and football structures. It will help if we are to humble ourselves and learn from the so-called “uneducated”. The reality is that their systems have worked better than the elites’ Western solutions. What works in Spain and German may not work in South Africa. The football’s blueprint for South Africa lies in this country. It lies on the backs of the ordinary across the breath of the land. It is unfortunate that the “educated” continue to exploit and brutalise the poor in football.

The new elite love to invest public funds on buildings. Why would you spend huge amounts of money on buildings in Durban? Why not invest in human beings? Why go to the extent of bringing a foreign company to scout and train talent in Kwa-Zulu Natal?

Who scouted and developed Sugar Ray Xulu, Samora Khulu, and Mbulelo Mabizela, to name a few? South African football solutions do not lie with those conversant with foreign languages. It does not lie in Parliaments or air-conditioned offices. Stop wasting scarce resources on systems and programmes that have not been tested in this country.

Let us stop thinking that mimicking European, South American and Asian cultural, social, political habits will make us little Europeans, for instance. Find local solutions for local problems. Unzima lo mthwalo

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