Support for Eagles brings benefits

2016-03-02 06:00

SUPER EAGLES is experiencing strings of poor results. Everyone has different opinions regarding this, but let us look for the positivity in our paradigm.

There is no way the team will be relegated to the South African Football Association-South African Breweries (Safa-SAB) league, so what can the team offer to Bethlehem and the Free State economy?

Super Eagles has shown some capabilities and abilities of performing better, with failure to qualify for national playoffs and gain promotion to the National First Division (NFD). In two consecutive seasons, the team has shown that with support from business and residents, it can do more and better.

Let me highlight the importance of Super Eagles gaining promotion to the NFD. The team owner, the team management, sponsors and players are not the only ones who will benefit from the team.

The Free State and Bethlehem economy will be boosted in several ways. Security personnel will be needed for official games, thus creating job opportunities.

Hawkers will benefit. Even small businesses, including young and upcoming fashion designers, can benefit from the selling of Super Eagles merchandise which will create employment. Full time administrators and supporting staff will be needed, thus also creating employment.

As for players, there will be broader opportunities for earning good salaries and the social responsibility programmes that the team will engage in, will benefit the community. There are several ways that the community will benefit from the success of Super Eagles.

It is high time that the team was supported both by the businesses and community so that we can help government in fighting inequality, poverty and unemployment.

The responsibility of creating a better South Africa is not solely on government. The least we can do is to help tackle issues of inequality, poverty and unemployment in South Africa.

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