TALKING FOOTBALL

2016-04-13 06:00

IF we do not take care of the roots, football at the top will remain mediocre. Leadership continues to fail the youth of this country.

We spend more time and energy fighting for positions and control of resources. We are very good in writing good plans on expensive paper, the challenge is that very few are keen to get their hands dirty.

I have attended a number of Safa UMgungundlovu council meetings. The quality of English spoken and understanding of Safa statutes is excellent and yet no teams or individual players are progressing to the next levels­.

Football is about the work done in the fields. The sooner people focus on what is between the four lines, the better.

Umsunduzi Local Football Association has a responsibility to lead this district. They say when PMB sneezes the rest of UMgungundlovu catches flu.

We are the biggest and strongest in terms of numbers and resources. Currently, I do not think we are doing justice to what we are supposed to. We have not produced any national team player for many years and no teams have been promoted to Motsepe and NFD leagues. We are on the same level as the smaller municipalities in our district.

It is also interesting that nationally the debate is about suitability of Shakes Mashaba. South African football has failed to progress in the past 20 years. It cannot always be about individuals (national coaches) who are the problem.

The sooner those who have been entrusted with the responsibility of leading, focus on core issues the better.

The slate politics is not helping the growth of football. The game needs as many people as possible to grow. The mismanagement of football at lower levels drives young people to alcohol and drugs.

The black youth majority continue to suffer in the new South Africa. Let us do the right thing.

Unzima lo mthwalo.

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