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One team's meat is another team's poison

By unknown | Jan 15, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Greetings and compliments of the new season are in order at this time of the year.

Greetings and compliments of the new season are in order at this time of the year.

Having done that, we can now look at what's been happening in football circles lately.

There has been a frenzy in the transfer market with high-profile moves among Premier Soccer League clubs and there are still 15 more days to go before the January window period lapses.

We can expect more.

There is a saying in English that goes "one man's meat is another man's poison".

It has never been more appropriate to the PSL than now.

Players that some teams seemingly wouldn't touch, not even with a pole a kilometre long, are finding favour with others.

It's a bit like in politics, where those who have fallen out of favour with the African National Congress are finding a very welcome home in the Congress of the People.

Take the scramble for Mbulelo "OJ" Mabizela, for instance.

More than three teams are after his services.

And, there is only one reason behind that.

You see, Mabizela is a bit like Jabu Mahlangu (Pule).

They may hit the bottle like nobody's business but when they play football it's like dancing like nobody is watching.

They are damn good.

I have been involved in many arguments, especially about Shuffle, in which I have always said if I had the money and a Premiership or National First Division team, I would sign him.

Many have said I am crazy.

They claim he is a player with a self-destruct button.

They cite his many indiscretions.

They mention all the teams he played for and how he left them. They, however, don't mention what he did for those teams.

And, he did a lot.

Most of all he brought joy to their supporters.

People go to the stadiums to watch players like Shuffle.

There are teams in local football who play such a boring straightforward game that, try as you may, they induce sleep.

They actually drive supporters away.

Look at the turnstiles of such teams and you will understand what we mean.

Now with Platinum Stars, who are also after Mabizela and Sifiso Vilakazi, the in-form Ajax Cape Town striker, compare the attendance at the Tycoons games then and now.

Throw another crowd favourite, Steve Lekoelea, into the fray instead of the stands and watch the sleeping giants of the Bafokeng tribe stir to life and soar higher than the usual suspects.

The reason the gap is closing between the so-called big and smaller clubs is that some players have realised there is no such thing in football.

The difference between clubs is that some have more money than others.

And some of those who have it don't know how to spend it fruitfully. Some among those who plead poverty are able to put together a group of determined, dedicated and disciplined boys who can rise above all odds (read Ajax and Lamontville Golden Arrows).

Did somebody ask about Mamelodi Sundowns?

That's a team in self-destruct mode.

How French coach Henri Michel and his cohorts are still keeping their jobs boggles the mind.

That is sad because some before him were fired while in second position on the log with games to play (read Gordon Igesund, Miguel Gamondi and Neil Tovey).

What did Trott Moloto do wrong that Michel has improved on? Zilch!

Lerato Chabangu is gone. He won't be the last to do so because of bungling at Chloorkop.

SuperSport United striker Katlego Mashego has just signed for Orlando Pirates.

Diyo Sibisi wants out at Free State Stars.

Fabian McCarthy is pissed off with Moroka Swallows' amateurism - the team that couldn't sign Mahlangu, alleging he was injured while they have no playmaker of note besides Lefa Tsutsulupa, without whom there is no Swallows.

Some player was reported to have said he doesn't mind being in the stands as long as he gets paid at the end of the month.

How ambitious!

Unfortunately, he is not the only one.

How does one explain a player's move from a team where they get game time to a bloated team that has 20 others in the stands?

You be the judge.


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