Sort out NFD mess
WHILE everyone is looking forward to tomorrow evening's MTN8 cup final between Moroka Swallows and Supersport United - not all is hunky dory in local football.
This also while Kaizer Chiefs supporters are celebrating the team's glorious start to the 2012-13 Premier Soccer League season and being on top of the log.
The recent happenings within the National First Division clubs is, or should, be a serious cause for concern.
We are heading for what should have been the third round of the second-tier league's fixtures and yet no ball has been kicked.
The reasons given and denied are as confusing to football followers just as they seemingly are to the protagonists.
It has been said that the stand-off is due to a change in the wording of a resolution taken at a meeting where all the t's were crossed and i's dotted during negotiations.
What we are not told, however, is who did that and why.
What we know is that the NFD has been allowed to be a stand-alone league and that there is about R115-million allocated to them from the PSL's Solidarity Fund.
PSL chairman, Irvin Khoza, has since scheduled a meeting for September 27 at which this matter is to be discussed and, hopefully, resolved.
We believe that the matter deserved more urgency than that.
The league should have called the meeting the day after NFD clubs boycotted the new season's first fixtures last week.
Waiting for referees or match commissioners' reports was, and is going to take the issue, nowhere as the matches were not played and that is general knowledge.
The reports are neither here nor there and won't help solve the impasse.
What is also worrying is that newly promoted Roses United are the only team that is turning up for games when they are fully aware of the status quo.
What message are they sending to the other 15 clubs in the NFD with whom they are supposed to play.
Are they aware they stand to benefit in whatever their fellow clubs in the NFD are fighting for?
Have they ever heard of an injury to one being an injury to all. We guess not.
As things stand they most probably believe they already have six points from the games they turned up for and not played.
Is that how they believe they should or will win promotion to the elite league?
Let us hope they do not live to regret their actions.