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2015-12-16 06:00

MAYBE “Talking Football” is not the right name for this column. Football can only improve and get better through doing instead of discussions. Football is a doing activity. Talking football should be left to football fans.

Teams that get selected by followers rarely lose matches. These are the teams that are never trained or prepared for any matches. They say talk is cheap. Indeed, everything is possible until ideas are actioned.

Football remains the most complex sport compared to others. It has become more than just the ability to kick the ball. It is more challenging for instance than a mathematical problem.

Football problems require instant solutions while you can skip some maths sums for later attention during examinations.

Young players who intend making a career out of football should be aware about these demands. If you are not prepared to work hard, please stay at school. This job is not for the faint-hearted.

It is a fact that South African football is lagging far behind developed football nations in youth development. Generally, when we talk transformation in this country, it is about black and white.

Boys and girls in rural areas, mainly black who have no chance of competing with their peers in big urban cities. A boy or girl from Impendle for instance is disadvantaged in terms of facilities, equipment, coaching and exposure compared to those in Durban or Cape Town.

Whether it is rugby or football the biggest challenge is the provision of facilities and coaching in places where people live. Equality, in terms of opportunities and resources, remain a pipe dream.

The lack or poor structures make it even worse in football. Where do you take your child for football training?

We have artificial rules like age restrictions in promotion and/or relegation leagues. Where do clubs get U21 players in a country that does not have U17 and U19 leagues?

The youth of this country have a lot of things to fight for if they are to realise economic freedom in their lifetime. Campaigns like Fees Must Fall need to be extended to sport.

The older generation does not play and have no ambition to excel inside the field other than making money. Things like Africanising the playing of the game will remain a dream under the current adult generation. We have been psychologically affected by colonisation and apartheid.

Maybe it is also worth taking a swipe at our young footballers. The majority of them are spoilt. They lack ambition and the hunger to succeed at the highest level.

The majority of players for instance wear boots that cost a lot of money, yet their football skills are pathetic. They spend more time on meaningless activities instead of practising their football skills.

Unzima lo mthwalo.

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