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We won't shed no tears for Komphela for our grief

By unknown | Jan 04, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Greetings all round. I guess that we're all looking forward to a pulsating 2007.

Greetings all round. I guess that we're all looking forward to a pulsating 2007.

Surely, fans belonging to teams like Kaizer Chiefs, Silver Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic, Mamelodi Sundowns, including newcomers Bidvest Wits and Benoni Premier United, must be praying for a repeat performance of late last year.

Chiefs, in particular, were awesome - if not red hot.

Probably other teams which found the going tough will turn the corner, so to speak, so as to appease their own followers. And, if the signing of new players by the likes of Orlando Pirates are anything to go by, we are heading for interesting times.

It is also monotonous to harp on the usual refrain: "Gone are the days when it would be easy to predict possible league winners or cup champions."

During those halcyon days the spotlight would fall on either Chiefs or Pirates, sometimes on Sundowns too.

That being the case, allow me to buck the form book by forecasting that the league title contest will be between Amakhosi and the Brazilians. Maybe, yes maybe, a late surge by Bucs should not be ruled out.

Festive season babalaas or not, that's my view.

You must have detected already that I have been trying very hard to sidestep the negative things about our once-beloved Bafana Bafana.

How I wish that Carlos Alberto Parreira had started on his job by now. Look, nothing depresses me more like seeing the shocking Fifa rankings which forever show us going down the ladder. We are placed 67th.

Call it blind faith, if you may, but my hopes have always been pinned especially on the feeder teams, the Under-23s and the Under-20s, in order for us to do well during the 2010 World Cup finals. This, considering that Parreira was preferred over locals like Jomo Sono.

For the sake of progress, we reluctantly agreed to accept and support the stand taken by the South African Football Association (Safa). Therefore the mandate to produce a world-class team during the coming World Cup is not optional but obligatory.

To achieve that goal, our national under-23 team must be seen to be more than ready to perform well, come the 2008 Olympics in China.

Alas, not all of us seem to appreciate the enormity of this challenge - as perhaps is evident in the attitude displayed by Steve Komphela.

At one stage, some of us allowed ourselves to be hoodwinked by Komphela, the eloquent one, when he outlined his "vision" on radio and TV for 2008. Give it to Steve, we thought at the time. Jy weet! The man who likes to listen to his voice.

Now Komphela has shocked us by resigning as the under-23 full-time coach while at the same time proposing to be retained as a part-timer.

This is hogwash! The proposal must be dismissed with the contempt it deserves.

Granted, the performance of national teams like Bafana Bafana and the junior teams is not impressive. And Komphela probably does not want to be associated with the mess.

The question is why did he wait for things to reach such a crucial stage to spring the resignation on us?

Two things. He stepped down probably because he was adequately supported by the notoriously dithering Safa, though he has never said so himself.

It might also be that he was driven by self-interest as demonstrated by his quest to earn two salaries from both Safa and his new employers at Maritzburg United.

Safa must hire another coach now and make sure it's not someone who will be there for voyager miles. No tears for Komphela who has accentuated our grief.


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