It is all too easy to accept positions of power and then abrogate the responsibility that comes with it. This is all too often the characteristic of leadership in South African football. Kirsten Nematandani, facing a hefty fine and ban from football from FIFA, insists he is innocent of the accusations of match-fixing prior to the 2010 World Cup. But that is not what he stands accused of. He is being prosecuted because he was at the head of a rotten organisation and his minions felt emboldened enough, under his watch, to make deals with dubious dealing ‘agents’ to organise matches for Bafana Bafana that ultimately turned out to have been fixed. Nematandani might not have known of the fiddle, but as leader he carries the can. South Africa, indeed world football, was embarrassed under his leadership. Sitting in an ivory tower and not being on top of the workings of your own organisation is negligent, foolhardy and dangerous, as the former SAFA president, is likely to soon find out when he is banished to the soccer wilderness. Shakes Mashaba is another who shifts the blame. Bafana cannot score, but it is not his fault, he says, even though he is picking the team. Rather, he believes his side is suffering from the same affliction that has befallen all other South African sides in front of goal. “What can I do in just a few days,” he all too frequently laments. Fix it, I say! Mashaba collects a good salary and sits in a position of prestige. He is our national coach, after all. He should not be telling us that to score is impossible – he should be going about finding a solution to the problem of Bafana putting the ball in the net. To take the post is to accept the responsibility that comes with it … and all those in powerful positions in the domestic game would do well to remind themselves of this every so often.