Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile has announced that Bafana Bafana will have to be nationalised to avoid embarrassment in 2010.
It is disappointing that Safa administrators have not yet responded to this proposal. The minister's intervention is uncalled for at this stage because we have Safa, which is responsible for soccer affairs in this country.
One would have expected such a proposal to be discussed with the the soccer fraternity at a soccer indaba to determine the views of our nation before pushing the proposal through to the portfolio committee in Parliament.
This issue calls for the involvement of soccer faithfuls, sports administrators, the PSL and First Division clubs, coaches and the players union, the public, businesses, sports analysts and federations.
The time has come for all South Africans to stand up and advise government officials against deciding the future of the country without our involvement.
This is our team and the players are our compatriots. So their future cannot be decided by one person.
The government's tendency to test things should not be done at the expense of our soccer loving nation. Getting Bafana Bafana ready should be a national project.