I was invited to various radio stations during the preparations for the elections in Safa, because they were interested in my opinion on this issue. There were many conversations from different factions.
But the loudest were those who wanted to overthrow Danny Jordan. They made all sorts of accusations and highlighted every failure during his tenure.
His biggest opponent, although only on paper, was Ria Ledwaba. I objected that Ria would not bring us anything new. Yes, she drew the right conclusions, but she was in the same position for a long time and did not insist on the implementation of these ideas.
I also mentioned that we are now so upset just because we are close to the elections and we will close in our shells again as soon as the elections are over.
And two months have not passed, and Jordan is sitting in his place, and everything has calmed down. You can swear that there were no storms at all.
But that’s the way the South African football industry works – all talk and no action. We talked about the changes that are needed in Safa House because it was a hot topic back then.
I wonder if these problems suddenly disappeared and whether they will arise again in four years, when they will be re-elected to the presidency again? I expect people like Ria and Solli to continue to fight to change our football.
After all, it is at the grassroots level that our football must change. I’m confident with all her experience and connections. Ria may receive funding to launch a program to integrate former professional players into development at the school level.
She doesn’t need to be Safa’s president to make a difference. She just needs to have the willpower to want to change something, which I doubt.
And some of the people who have been mentioned as possible future presidents of Safa, such as Lucas Radebe and Dr. Khumalo, should be encouraged to start their campaigns now.
They must start by joining the Safa structures at the local level and work their way up. And not only because this is the requirement of Safa figurines. But also because it would open their eyes to the real problems the organization is facing.
Safa’s problem is not only that their flagship program, Bafana Bafana, is crying and quickly becoming incompetent, but that there are no proper development plans that speak the same language from top to bottom.
We expect the development strategy to come from above and reach local structures. It’s unlikely to work. The plan was drawn up by people who had no idea about the problems that coaches face.
That’s why someone starting at that level and working their way up to the presidency of Safa might be our only hope of making a difference. As now, we do not know what we want in development as a country.
I lost all hope when I saw people encouraging the show – or, let me be politically correct, call it the “kasi flavor” that was recently featured in the DStv Diski Shield games.
Some said that young people should be allowed to express themselves that way. Others have argued that they need to be taught to play responsibly from an early age. Always think about the good of the team, and not about personal brilliance.
That we still have these disputes these days just shows that our problems are much bigger than who is President Safa. Our football problems need dedicated people. Not power-hungry wolves who only wear sheepskins to gain power and influence.