SAFA Suffering

2013-07-21 18:34

South African football is going through what might be discribed as a crisis. This is due to their current inability to qualify for major events.

The South African public has been critisising the national team with no hint of remorse. It is pretty obvious that something needs to be done about it.

There has been much talk about a master-plan that will be put in place by The South African Football Association(SAFA). It is said to preparing the youngsters at under 15 level.

Well I would like to disagree.

Should we not be looking at starting at younger levels. SAFA have to start looking at these kids at the age of 6 or 7. I just wonder why the Long Term

Athlete Development(LTAD) has not been mentioned in SAFA's planning. One of the reasons why cricket in South Africa is sustainable is because the programme is being implemented and is given down to the coaches.

The coaches at the younger levels then know how to work with these young

sportsmen and women. These coaches are then able to turn these children into athletes from a young age.

Having children start playing football at a young age will not only be vital to the country's football problems, but it will aid in the many social problems the country and it's youth faces. Sport is known to instill discipline as well as develop children into goal oriented people. In a nutshell it will help reduce youth unemployment and possibly the high crime rate.

Chances are that should these local initiatives target a younger age group, it could well see the local league grow as well as getting more South African players to ply their trade abroad.

I sincerely hope this is looked at by the powers that be. We, as a nation do not enjoy watching our national team lose and we would love it if we started making strides to dominating world football. At the fear of sounding like a Kaizer Chiefs fan, I believe South Africa should aim at reclaiming their

glory. Both on the continent and globally.

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