Like father, like son

Shame on you if you rejoiced as your child triumphed against younger competitors.

Shame on you if you rejoiced as your child triumphed against younger competitors.

Shame on you for allowing him to lie about his age in order to feature in a tournament.

Shame on you for making a cheat out of this innocent soul.

We have on numerous occasions spoken out against age cheats in our football.

Sadly it is parents, teachers and club officials who are to blame for this stinker.

The stench started yesterday in KwaZulu-Natal, suffocating the whole country.

A number of youngsters were kicked out of the One Nation U-15 tourney that starts today.

They had also lied about their ages.

Golden Arrows executive Mato Madlala was livid when she saw a "goalkeeper who has been 15 years old for years" at the event.

The pain of this malady was soothed when Kaizer Chiefs pulled out of an under-15 competition and expelled a few boys who had claimed to be younger in order to qualify.

Parents must take the rap. Children have to be monitored and nurtured.

We can also fire officials for conniving in this fraud.

But the damage has already been done to the children. We have already told them it is right to cheat, diminishing the importance of fair and enjoyable competition in sport.

It's time to punish parents for creating a club of cheats.

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