Patriotism is dead in SA Football

2014-05-22 13:45

It is a sad day in our football today as we bid the national team farewell and good luck on their upcoming friendlies. But we do so filed with disgust and displeasure as a number of those chosen to represent this beautiful nation have turned their back on us with flimsy excuses of faking injuries, being on holiday and being tired.

I wonder what would have happened to our beloved country had our heroes the like of Chief Albert Lithuli, Moses Mabhida, Goven Mbeki, Nelson Mandela, Olivier Tambo, Chris Hani, Walter Sisulu and many others, had one day decided they were tired or going on holiday. It’s barely 20 years into the freedom, liberties that these heroes risked their lives for, and already the heirs of this emancipation are spitting on the graves of those who emancipated them.

Patriotism is defined as: love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it. The above mentioned heroes laid down their lives because of this love. However, it seems this love is lost to those who run our football administration and those chosen to represent this country. The upper echelons of football administration have failed us as a nation. Their role in this scandal should not be tolerated, how dare they put their interest above those of the nation? Most of the individuals refusing to represent this country are players of their clubs! They have let their thirst for power and their grudges with the incumbent manager blind them of their main purpose, which is to be custodians of the beautiful game. Their priority and core responsibility should first and foremost be for the good of the nation. Just in case they need a reminder, the national team is the beacon of the nation; its success transcends those of any club. As custodians they should have been the first to condemn the actions of the players and reprimand them regardless of whether they are contracted to their teams or not. Even to this day they have kept mum, one can't help but wonders whether the actions of the player are not a directive from the very same management! Whatever the reason for the silence, it is totally unacceptable!

The players are a bunch of losers. The opportunities that they have been given have cost lives. Many lost their lives to enable them to have such opportunities, there were many supremely talented players who deserved and never received these opportunities. I am referring to legends such as Jomo Sono, Ace Ntsoelengoe Ace Khuse, Professor Ngubane, Bashin Mahlangu, Amos Mkhari, Joel Ace Mnini, Master piece Moripe, Vusi Computer Lamola, Patson Sparks Banda, Ephraim Shakes Mashaba, Jazz man Dlamini, Teenage Dladla, Harold Jazzy Queen Legodi, Zane Moosa, just to name a few. These legends were far greater footballers than the current crop and it is an insult that players worth far less ability have the nerve to turn down an opportunity that far more deserving greats never had. The ungratefully big headed players don't even deserve to don the national shirt yet alone refuse the honour! Their actions are a disgraced and a display of pure arrogance.

A major intervention is required in South African football, just when you thought we had hit the bottom of the slump with the Chan debacle, this happens! Some might say that this is to spite Gordon Igesund in his presumably last months in charge, if that's the case, then the situation is more dire than what I originally thought. Gordon is probably on his way out, why ruin the national team for a personal grudge? Whatever the case, this is the lowest point in the history of our football but given the mentality of SAFA and our players I won't be surprised if there is another low.  

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