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