Open Letter To Fikile Mbalula

2014-06-19 07:59

Zareef Minty : Fikile Mbalula

Dear Mr Fikile Mbalula

I hope this letter finds you well

I have waited so long to see leadership like you Mr Mbalula.

All the attention is on Brazil right now, the football so far has been nothing less than breath-taking, seeing Spain lose to the Netherlands by 4 goals, seeing Portugal crumble under German hands and most importantly seeing one of our African countries win their first game of the campaign. Away from Rio and Brasilia, it is very evident to see what you have done for our country, since the 1 November 2010 our country has reached sporting heights that they have never reached before.

Your support for our national and provincial teams as well as the youth structures allows me to be more than content with your performance to date. People remember you for your controversy, thinking that type of behaviour is arrogant and unnecessary but I have to disagree with them Mr Mbalula, you see to really have a voice and be heard in our country, being witty and confident is the only way to go. I’ve heard you speak, debate and engage on a political level during the elections. Sir not only do you speak truth but you are passionate about it and if people are going to think passion is controversial then let it be.

I was surprised when I switched on the tele to see a new netball competition by Brutal Fruit; you have developed so many sports that were almost unnoticed a few years back. You have developed golf, netball and hockey just to name a few.

Mr Mbalula as we all know every open letter has its praise but at the same time it has its criticism, well I wouldn’t say its direct criticism to you, but we need to resolve the problems within SAFA, we need to have a Bafana Bafana team that is good enough to be in Brazil right now. You had every single right to call our footballers a bunch of losers, you were just being honest. I love the fact that you expect more than just mediocre performances from our Bafana Bafana, see if SAFA had the same mind set as we do Fikile, then we wouldn’t be okay with a team that can’t even win a competition in our own country with african reserve sides. We need to get rid of all the internal politics that somehow decide the team list before the manager does.

I plan to travel to Russia in 2018 and I expect South Africa not only to be one of the participating teams but to be favourites to join the top seed out of the group and make it at least to the quarter finals. Is that too much to ask from a country that brought Benni McCarthy, Lucas Radebe and Quinton Fortune?

Fikile before I conclude, can we actually get a coach that develops and considers youth development at say u/17, u/19 and u/22 level? We need a big name coach someone the current Bafana Bafana squad would be afraid of. I was thinking someone like Jose Mourinho but I doubt he will be available as he has some small job in England. On a more serious note, maybe someone like David Moyes would be a good pick.

Thank you for reading my letter Mr Mbalula, I hope to see you soon in the near future.

Kind Regards

Zareef Minty


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