JUST more than two years ago local politics had its Polokwane and its effects are still being felt today and seem set to be felt for some time to come.
Football's own Polokwane, more appropriately, its Kempton Park, is continuing to register itself as a seismic sporting event.
Last week saw the end of Raymond Hack's tenure as secretary of the national football association.
Despite all the fancy wording, it is inescapable that he did not jump, he was pushed. Hack was seen as too close to the leadership that had met its end on that East Rand location.
While we hope that the new Safa leadership has resisted and will continue resisting the temptation of triumphalism, there can be no room for sentiment.
Though an experienced administrator, having for a long time led Wits University (now BidVest Wits), a team renowned for its youth development policies, Hack's tenure in the leadership of the national game was less than stellar.
The fact that we are not represented in Angola is testimony to this. He was the last of the leadership that presided over this decline and so it was natural that he be put to pasture.
The new leadership, particularly its new general secretary Leslie Sedibe, have their work cut out for them.
As a start, we simply have to qualify for the next African Cup of Nations and start earning the respect of other football playing nations. In other words, the respect of every country on the planet.
Anything short of that will be considered a failure.