Ban­ished to the side­lines

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THE ONLY fear one should have is the fear of miss­ing out – known as “fomo” to the mil­len­ni­als.

I, as one of the top at­tack­ers at the last cham­pi­onship, have been left out of an amaz­ing sports tour­na­ment that starts to­mor­row in Buf­falo City – or eMonti as the Xhosa lo­cals re­fer to it – where all the “best play­ers” will be in at­ten­dance.

The last gru­elling con­test was in Nas­rec near Soweto in De­cem­ber, where more than 5 000 com­rades of a black, green and gold hue pur­sued a blood­less coup to elect new skip­pers to lead a 106-year-old be­he­moth for the next five years.

There, ma­jor national and in­ter­na­tional scribes (or play­ers) de­scended on an event that was akin to a World Cup of re­port­ing for jour­nal­ists.

This lowly news­pa­per­man, de­vel­oped in the dusty streets of Katle­hong in Ekurhu­leni (or K1) – junior as he is – man­aged to play a star­ring at­tack­ing role for the even­tual cham­pi­ons, Team In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, as we dis­man­tled our peers with great team­work and a solid game plan.

How­ever, for eMonti, I’ve been in­formed by the se­lec­tors that “awuzi” – you’re not com­ing – the se­lec­tion of which has crushed a player.

To my team­mates cov­er­ing the ANC cel­e­bra­tions this week­end, good luck in im­ple­ment­ing an­other win­ning game plan which will see us tri­umph once more. I hold no grudges against you.

My Fomo anger will be di­rected at the se­lec­tors, who, like Bafana Bafana, have rel­e­gated me to watch­ing an im­por­tant tour­na­ment on TV.

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