Shooting the Breeze

2018-05-16 06:00

RECENTLY I visited different local soccer grounds around the city to watch some matches staged by the local football associations.

I must say I am very impressed with organisation and dedication displayed by Local Football Associations (LFA’s) and I can see that they are all working towards the bright future. The only thing that was disappointing was the lack of support from the local fans or followers of the beautiful game.

Also, I may be wrong but the standard of local soccer has declined or maybe hit the rock bottom in recent years. I really asked myself countless questions trying to figure it behind the reason.

Personally, I still find it disturbing and senseless to see our youth not doing anything about their lives but just walking up and down or standing around in the street corners.

While I was sitting in one of the local stadiums in the townships I thought back and a flashback of old good popular tournaments came flooding in my mind.

I remember many years ago most townships such as Mpumalanga (Hammarsdale), Imbali, Northdale, Eastwood, Sobantu, Woodlands Edendale, Mpophomeni and even KwaMashu, Umlazi (Dbn), Mooi River and Estcourt used to have annual tournaments when different parts of their areas or wards will compete for the entire weekend. Those event used to put everything on standstill and a lot of players were discovered. The likes of Siyabonga Nomvethe, Rhee Zuma, Phumlani Mkhize, McBerth Sibaya, Mabhuti Khenyeza (just to count a few) were the products of such events.

All LFA’s, our municipalities, ward committee’s and especially our councillors need to understand that local events bring the community together, improves the neighbourhood spirit, unity and new talents are discovered.

If we still want to go far in improving our soccer such events need to be re-visited and brought back.

Other big cities such as Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town can attest that inter-towns and or or district tournaments delivered good results and brought in a lot of sponsors and followers for them. Then why we don’t do it?

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