We need some new brooms to sweep Safa’s dusty halls

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teams and play­ers with their heads and feet firmly planted on solid ground and who jump at the chance to de­fend their coun­try’s hon­our. An­other lucky stroke is the fact that there is a con­sti­tu­tional limit to how long the ob­sti­nate and those with­out a vi­sion can re­ally stay in charge of our na­tional foot­ball af­fairs.

Hav­ing said that, one won­ders how many lessons do we re­ally need to even­tu­ally come to grips with the re­al­i­ties and chal­lenges of in­ter­na­tional foot­ball?

In the early days we rightly paid our school fees in los­ing by mar­gins of two to four goals to in­signif­i­cant teams in the south­ern African foot­ball com­mu­nity. We got some more lash­ings from lesser Uefa re­gion teams such as Swe­den; and yet the lessons do not stick.

We im­ported the best of the best to our shores such as the late Ted “Pro­fes­sor” Du­mitru, who lec­tured end­lessly about the need for a na­tional foot­ball de­vel­op­ment struc­ture to make any sort of im­pres­sion on the big stages of the world.

It’s al­most a quar­ter cen­tury on since we have been re-ad­mit­ted to the in­ter­na­tional foot­ball fam­ily and yet we still do the same stuff we did as in­ter­na­tional am­a­teurs; and then we ex­pect great re­sults.

In this re­spect the state­ment that the South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is­sued on Satur­day fol­low­ing our exit from the world’s big­gest sports com­pe­ti­tion says more of the same that we have heard be­fore.

This is just an­other in­stance of them bury­ing their heads in the sand de­spite the ev­i­dence that you must ac­tu­ally look around you be­fore cross­ing the road: (Para­phrased for length): “We have em­barked on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to pro­duce play­ers that can

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