Keep eye on ball to net 2010

Just what is fuelling the latest calls for a commission of inquiry into local soccer is rather unclear, even though such calls are punctuated by the usual criticism of our major sport.

Just what is fuelling the latest calls for a commission of inquiry into local soccer is rather unclear, even though such calls are punctuated by the usual criticism of our major sport.

Sports portfolio committee chairman Butana Komphela last week called for the commission amid grumblings over the appointment of Norwegian Kjetil Siem as the Premier Soccer League's (PSL) chief executive.

We believe calls for a judicial inquiry into soccer are misplaced - as are the arguments advanced for its establishment.

To what end would the probe be instituted? What would be its terms of reference? If the inquiry is solely aimed at unseating PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and South African Football Association president Molefi Oliphant, whose heads Komphela wants to see roll, why then waste so many resources looking for the supposed dirt to justify the two football bosses's demise.

Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile's call for a soccer indaba to lance any boil that might have developed over unresolved issues is constructive.

Such an indaba is a positive step as its main aim is to foster unity and set everyone's focus on one goal - the hosting of the 2010 World Cup finals. Anything else will set a negative tone and damage the image of our local soccer - something we don't need now.

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