Stop spoiling swollen-headed Pitso Mosimane

The only thing unfair about Pitso Mosimane's punishment is the fact that someone believes it's unfair.

The only thing unfair about Pitso Mosimane's punishment is the fact that someone believes it's unfair.

This character has in a cowardly way also accused the Premier Soccer League (PSL) of applying "selective justice".

Stanley Matthews, SuperSport United's football director, was livid with the penalties meted out by the PSL's disciplinary committee.

This shortly after Mosimane was slapped with a heavy R100000 fine and a year's suspension (part of which is suspended).

Mosimane has also been ordered to attend an anger management course.

For me this is a fair call, even though a additional practical course on being a linesman (assistant referee) would have also come in handy.

Not so long ago Mosimane was a gentleman, almost a lamb, if you will. But things changed somewhat for the worse as "Jingles" grew as a coach.

Some of us started wondering what the man really smokes in his spare time because of his antics on the touchline.

Mosimane is fast becoming a serial antagonist to match officials and TV viewers alike. He is a raging bull. And with people like Matthews around, chances are Mosimane will never repent.

How I wish to be contradicted. The sad thing about this situation is that Mosimane is not just another coach in the PSL.

He's a role model to a lot of kids, some of whom probably wish to play for teams he handles.

Mosimane still enjoys a lot of respect from some of his peers, by virtue of being one of the acting coaches of Bafana Bafana.

The ever cool Thomas Madigage, his assistant at United, predicts Mosimane will one day take the reins as Bafana head coach.

Lest we forget, it is the same Madigage who encouraged his United bosses to recruit Mosimane as coach, thus creating the platform for him to grow as a "cup king".

But it appears Mosimane is either blind or too swollen headed not to notice the hurt he subjects people like Madigage and the football brand to with his behaviour.

Matters are also aggravated by the demigod treatment he seems to get from the likes of Matthews. How disappointing.

On to something positive now. It is so fulfilling for our football to see "poor" Owen da Gama at last winning something big on the local scene.

The Silver Stars' mentor, and a former colourful player himself, has proved beyond doubt that "perseverance is the mother of success" after all.

He did this when his previously disadvantaged Tycoons won the maiden Telkom Knockout competition. Stars went home with a R4,25 million first prize, the biggest in Africa for a domestic competition.

Mi tirhile ngopfu Rubber Doll!

Without hurting any feelings, let me part by mentioning that teams like Orlando Pirates - one-time Mighty Bucs - are probably wishing a speedy end to 2006 by now.

Or kanjani maBhakaniya?

Who can really blame them when (early as it might be) they already appear favourites for the Mvela Golden League.

On the contrary, though their fans mean it when they say they are the "Happy People".

Watch them when Kaizer Chiefs, say, play SuperSport. They they will be there to cheer every Amakhosi goal.

And still with little joy coming from their team, they will again be seen backing Bloemfontein Celtic as they did when Phunya Sele Sele blasted Chiefs.

But apart from mimicking "Love and Peace" fans by ripping stadium seats out in anger, The Ghost seemed to be everywhere PSL matches were played in 2006. For that, together with other fans, Sports Indaba says three cheers and have a wonderful festive season.