SABC, soccer deserves better

South Africa is gripped by the euphoria that she will make history as the first country on the continent to host the 2010 World Cup.

South Africa is gripped by the euphoria that she will make history as the first country on the continent to host the 2010 World Cup.

However, somebody at SABC responsible for sports is seemingly living in another continent where soccer is played by the minority.

The case in point is the continuous relegation of national team soccer to ungodly hours when people should be watching movies.

You, the reader, will recall that on February 7 the South African under-23 national side played against Uganda in the Beijing Olympics qualifier.

The match started at 8.30pm but was only shown at 10pm by the public broadcaster, which has been campaigning for people to pay television licences.

It must be said that the day before (February 6), there was an international friendly match featuring Brazil and Portugal, far away from here.

That match was shown live on television. As if that was not enough, SABC Sport decided to snub us once more this past week when Bafana Bafana played against Swaziland.

Despite being a friendly, warm-up, training match or whatever you want to call it, it was an important clash for the South Africans.

My argument is based on the fact that it was Bafana Bafana's first game for our new and much sought-after coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira.

With the focus on the 2010 World Cup, the majority of South Africans all wanted to see the performance of the local-based players. Perhaps it is because the majority of people playing and following soccer are Africans.

I bet my last rand that SABC Sport would have covered the match live, even if it meant delaying certain programmes, if it were Amabhokobhoko or the Proteas.

Can you guys please treat all the sporting codes equally. Still on soccer matters on SABC TV, I always have problems every time I travel to Seshego, Limpopo, where I was born and bred.

Many people there, I have no doubt that also in other provinces where they do not speak Nguni languages, are gatvol that Monday's Soccerzone does not accommodate them.

South Africa has 11 official languages, including Sepedi, Setswana and TshiVhenda. I just hope somebody at SABC is listening.

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