Good football players simply not good enough

2016-02-10 06:00


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THE truth hurts. I know I might lose a few friends after this article, or I might step on some people’s toes, because as South Africans we hate to hear the truth.

We always want to be equal, even when it is not possible. So it turns out to be a sin to tell people that they are not good enough.

Funnily enough, it is also a sin in South Africa to be successful.

Truth be told, there is no equality in football. The sooner we accept that South Africa is running short on quality players, the better.

It is a shame that some of our Bafana Bafana players lack the basics.

And tell you what, the reason for this is that our players prefer to settle for good, rather than great. Good players jump into their cars immediately after a training session to go to shopping malls and hang out with the ladies. However, the great ones stay behind after training to work on some of the things they want to improve on.

That simply means that they pay good attention to their work.

Most people say Cristiano Ronaldo is arrogant. It is amazing how passion can be mistaken for arrogance. Ronaldo has set a high standard for himself.

The media used to criticise him when he did not score in two to three games, and that showed how great he was. Three years back Gary Neville, his former skipper at Manchester United, spoke of how he used to stay behind for hours to practise shooting with iron boots. Ten years later Ronaldo is scoring goals like they are running out of fashion. Between him and Lionel Messi, they arguably score at least 100 goals per season. And they have been doing that for the past five seasons or so.

Then you come to our beloved South Africa. Our top goal scorer is Thamsanqa Gabuza, who has scored ten goals in four seasons.

Tell me, how can we win the African Cup of Nations or even the African Champions League with our so-called good players?

We always fail to qualify for the big tournaments. If memory serves, in those we managed to qualify for, we failed to reach the quarterfinals.

Let us agree to disagree that in South Africa we have good players who are simply not good enough.

Good players win matches, but great players win championships. The South African Football Association (Safa) must develop great players, not this mediocrity.

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