The country needs changes

2015-11-04 06:00

LAST week saw university students in South Africa taking to the streets demanding free education.

It is a tragedy that we do not take the importance of education seriously. We prioritise things like hosting international events, providing houses and toilets, over the education of young South Africans.

Education is not only about academic staff, but life skills, sports and culture should also be considered in developing the youth.

Currently World Cup stadiums are costing “hosting cities” huge amounts in maintenance.

We seem to have forgotten about reasons for our struggle against the apartheid regime.

The country is losing many gifted young footballers every year due to a number of reasons. It is sad that we are failing to create training opportunities for many young deserving footballers.

I am frustrated by the number of young boys and girls who call daily to seek opportunities to train. We prefer investing money in material things instead of human beings.

The huge amounts spent on endless celebrations can finance many training programmes.

There is no doubt about the potential of young South African footballers. It is scandalous that 21 later we still have the leadership that believe solutions lie abroad.

What is stopping South African football from researching their qualities and strengths?

Why is information on coaching, administration and refereeing not easily accessible?

We have youth and junior national teams and yet there are no leagues for age-group football. It is morally wrong to have age stipulations in leagues where promotion and relegations is operational.

Why mix senior and youth football?

Our youth deserve better. We need to change and prioritise education and training. Every deserving young boy and girl must have proper training facilities, qualified coaches, medical support and proper nutrition.

Currently, only a few are lucky enough to get places in PSL clubs’ programmes. The worst thing is that not all these clubs have proper youth set-ups and are mostly based in Gauteng. We will never have the best youth national teams under the current football set-up.

Methods of training, football playing philosophy and mentalities of South African players will always clash with imported ideas.

It is a reality that those in leadership positions politically and in sports have also been affected by apartheid.

Many South Africans still believe that anyone from abroad, or white, is better than local staff. It does not matter what your record looks like. This will take many years to overcome since it is imbedded in the minds of our people.

We are not surprised by certain decisions taken by people entrusted with power.

Lastly, it is critical that education takes into consideration the strengths and qualities of people.

Education should also be relevant to the needs of people. This business of cut and paste does not work where training of human beings is concerned.

The failure of our national U17 team should serve as a wake-up call for us. We cannot conquer the world with foreign ideas. It is said that those who are followers cannot claim position one.

Are we surprised then why international glory in football has not visited our shores?

Our country needs changes and new ideas if we are to move forward.

Unzima lo mthwalo.

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