WHILE all South Africans and the entire continent swim in the excitement of successfully hosting the World Cup, I wish to share in the pain of the family of Bra Sticks Morewa, a founder and father of football in our country.
I agree with Bobby Morewa, who spoke on behalf of the family, that Bra Sticks played a pivotal role in readmitting South African football internationally and indeed laying the foundation for the 2010 Fifa bid.
It is therefore painful to note how some football administrators wish to erode this rich history. The fact that Morewa has not once been mentioned among the pathfinders of this historic event is a demonstration of how uncaring we are. We denied our own history, basked in self-glory and reaped the fruits we did not plant. Worse still, we have demonstrated an un-African ethos. We did not even have the courtesy of inviting a single member of his family, even to a first-round match.
Yet we embraced and invited our friends and family, who made no contribution in football.
South Africa should wake up while there is still time. Avoid trying to rewrite history and acknowledge the role played by all our different people.
The name Sticks Morewa can never be divorced from football and it is time that we recognise him appropriately. Safa has the responsibility to ensure that the history of our football, brought to its climax by the World Cup, is correctly recorded and locate heroes such as Bra Sticks to their appropriate levels. This is the only way our nation can sleep well, knowing that we will never again hurt the feelings of their families by attempting to wipe them off from the books of history.
Benny Boshielo, Polokwane