Commentators display open bias

I WATCHED two soccer matches on SABC Sports recently involving Kaizer Chiefs and I wondered if I was watching the game on SABC Sports or on Kaizer Chiefs Television.

The first game was between Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic. In the second half, touchline analyst Marks Maponyane said that Chiefs will definitely win by three goals, but he was not sure if it would be 3-1 or 3-2. I wondered which game Marks was watching because when he made the statement, Chiefs were seeing shadows as Celtic ran circles around their defence. To make matters worse, the game ended in a 1-all draw.

We know that Maponyane is paid to advertise Chiefs products, which is fine. But displaying such biased support when he was supposed to be independent was unethical and it undermined a sterling performance by Celtic.

The second game was between Sundowns and Chiefs where Sundowns won 2-1. At full time, Mike Mangena and Tshepo Mabona clearly couldn't hide their disappointment at the result and gave one of the most disgraceful match reports I have ever seen.

Clearly, many sports commentators do not see the difference between discussing soccer with their friends socially and commentating on a public platform professionally.

I challenge SABC Sports to check out the tapes and address these biased tendencies because as World Cup hosts we must deliver world class football services. This is far from world class.

Tebogo Ditshego, Kagiso

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