Quick One-Two’s

Soccer Laduma - - Make Your Point -

Lunga Adam, it’s with laugh­ter and plea­sure to be writ­ing this let­ter about your news­pa­per. I’m still not over the Tham­sanqa ‘Ganda­ganda’ Gabuza sto­ries. How pos­si­ble is it that we have Ja­cob Sakala sto­ries some­where in this pa­per? Al­most every sec­ond player you in­ter­view on ‘Still in Touch’ has some­thing to say about the man. The guy was a char­ac­ter and I can’t get enough of his sto­ries. Thank­ing you in ad­vance… Si­manga Ephraim Sondag, Welkom, Free State Evo­lu­tion in foot­ball is very good, es­pe­cially in terms of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy. On the pitch, I’m not sure how the evo­lu­tion of for­ma­tions and sys­tems af­fect the game. It’s too the­o­ret­i­cal than prac­ti­cal. The more I look at it, the more I be­lieve that coach­ing evo­lu­tion is re­strict­ing and de­priv­ing the world of goals. Coach­ing is over­rated. You can call it tac­ti­cal dis­ci­pline - the rea­son for goal­less draws and 1-0 wins. A lot of coaches play not to lose, hence the goalscor­ers are over­worked. The real ques­tion is – is the world short of strik­ers or are the play­ers be­ing re­stricted and re­mote-con­trolled by too much coach-

ing? How of­ten are they en­cour­aged to use their own dis­cre­tion, im­pro­vise and play to their strengths? Play­ers are be­ing con­verted into what they are not and ex­pected to de­liver. Foot­ball is a game of mis­takes that’s why youth foot­ball is en­joy­able to watch e be­cause those mis­takes cre­ate ex­cite­ment. There’s hardly 0-0 draws. There are two types of goals, a bril­liant in­di­vid­ual/team goal and a goal scored from op­po­si­tion’s mis­take. No mat­ter how much things change in foot­ball, goals keep clubs alive.

Lucky Khu­nou, Mer­it­ing The trend­ing pic­ture of poor Ler­ato Cha­bangu on so­cial me­dia must touch one of the Good Sa­mar­i­tans. I don’t know if he’s gone to a re­hab cen­tre be­fore, but I be­lieve with help he can re­cover. See­ing him in that phys­i­cal con­di­tion makes me sor­row­ful.

Terah Maqepula, Mt Fletcher Or­lando Pi­rates are just do­ing won­ders un­der Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic. l don’t see any team stop­ping us at this rate. At least this time we have play­ers who de­serve to don the jersey. Thanks for si­lenc­ing our noisy neigh­bours. This is our sea­son.

McDivett (Big Mac) Khum­bu­lani Tshehla, Half­way House

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