2016-04-27 06:00

THESE few days I have been thinking very hard, excited and also really impressed about few a things that unfolded in local sports circles. Firstly, I must congradulate our local PSL side the way they played against their neighbours in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, Lamontville Golden Arrows last Friday in Durban’s KwaMashu Princess Magog Stadium.

Although the final score was 1-1, the Team of Choice was just a marvel to watch and proved it to us that they can be an exciting outfit to watch, if they want to.

Maybe I may sound like I am blowing the whole thing out of proportions or sound more than just excited, but that night I actually witnessed the whole team playing their hearts out and were prepared to die with their boots on.

Remember: just to hold our local City of Choice flag aloft.

Again, well done to entire side and I personally believe that if the Team of Choice can transfere their form to their last games, their skin will be saved and will be in the elite league again next season.

Secondly, this week the SA Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, suddenly came out guns blazzing.

Mbalula general feels that there are a lot of federations that are taking forever to apply or achieve transformation.

The bitter truth is the majority of federations are not worried or pretend that it’s so impossible to achieve transformation.

Personally, I really thought when we first voted for the very first democratic government in 1994, our human rights problems were over, I mean done and dusted. It is heart-breaking that so many years, we still have certain code of sports are thought to be blacks or whites only.

Sports is sports and does not have colour, race, culture or religion.

Sports is also the easiest way to exercise unity and open stage for everybody.

Mbalula may sound harsh, out of tune, and was not expected to shoot from the hip, but I understand where is coming from.

For the record it was reported that Mbalula has suspended the privileges of SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Athletics SA from bidding for international tournaments due to lack of transformation.

According to the statement released earlier in the week, Mbalula said: “I have resolved to revoke the privilege of Athletics South Africa (ASA), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and South African Rugby (SARU) to host and bid for major and mega international tournaments in the Republic of South Africa as a consequence of the aforementioned federations, not meeting their own set transformation targets with immediate effect.

“I will review this decision when considering the results of the 2016/2017 Transformation Barometer.”

Wow! Well said guys and Mbalula’s action is expected to send cold shivers down the spines across the country. Again, well done to Mbalula and may the heads of all the federation in different spheres of sports act now so that we can see democratic changes and proper transformation.


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