No plan for our soccer

The PSL has once again elected Irvin Khoza as chairman for a new term, now extended to four years. We are happy for Khoza and trust that the club bosses know what they want and who is best placed to deliver it.

The PSL has once again elected Irvin Khoza as chairman for a new term, now extended to four years. We are happy for Khoza and trust that the club bosses know what they want and who is best placed to deliver it.

But we are concerned about the tendency in football politics for elections to be about personalities rather than policies.

Inevitably there will be complaints about Khoza having too much power in the local game. Some of the complaints will come from the very people who elected him.

The scenario unfolding at the PSL offices is unfortunately similar to the one we are witnessing on the pitch. There does not seem to be a succession plan for when the present leaders are gone.

The national team stagnated and regressed painfully when the powers that be sat basking in the glory of the marvelous achievements of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations team instead of developing new talent.

As a consequence the team became increasingly mediocre until it hit the pits earlier this year when, for the first time in more than a decade, we missed the biennial football showpiece.

It is not to doubt the abilities of Khoza and those of Kaizer Motaung to ask that the clubs start thinking long term and groom leaders who will take our national pastime to new heights.

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