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Time for united front in sport

By unknown | Feb 02, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

So the Proteas have replaced the once-revered Aussies at the top of the one-day international rankings.

So the Proteas have replaced the once-revered Aussies at the top of the one-day international rankings.

How proud I am to be a South African.

We also won the Test series over them, for the first time in Australia, nogal. How wonderful. Well done players and coach Mickey Arthur!

Credit should also go to Lonwabo Tsotsobe for his heroic performance. "Lopsy", as he is affectionately known to his teammates, played like a seasoned campaigner against the Aussies on Friday and many people were not convinced that he was making his ODI debut.

Arthur is a great coach. You can see a great coach when he invests in young players. We wish that other coaches should follow his example and have faith in their young troops.

The triumphant Proteas should be embraced by all South Africans as their Test and ODI double over the Aussies also motivates other athletes. Their success is not theirs alone. It is for all South Africans and should inspire our sportsmen and women.

I listened with glee when most of the people I met in the streets and at malls were talking about the Proteas' win.

They spoke fondly about the likes of Tsotsobe and AB de Villiers. Others who have never supported cricket before vowed to start attending the Proteas' matches at home.

Impressive. Good attitude, I thought.

Methinks, however, that it should not be just ordinary people who attend cricket matches.

Officials from the 2010 World Cup LOC, Safa and PSL should take time from their hectic schedule to attend different matches.

They should be seen publicly backing other sporting codes and this will be reciprocated at football matches.

Our sport federations should work in tandem and bosses should encourage their supporters to attend other events to rally behind their heroes and heroines.

We are hosting the 2010 World Cup but I don't remember seeing a 2010 World Cup banner at a cricket or rugby match. I'm still to hear a public announcer urging spectators at a cricket or rugby match to start buying tickets for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup.

You see, it is not all about liking a certain sporting code to come to the stadiums. Packed stands at the stadiums will be enough motivation for the players.

Join forces with other federations and take the 2010 drive to another level.


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