Arrows fanatic Xolani Machi calls for KZN soccer lovers to stand together, 'Shaka' from Richmond thinks that Quinton Fortune should be re-called to Bafana Bafana, and more...
Reader Calls For 'Bafana Nazis' To Back Off Fortune
I was totally astounded to learn that Alex Ferguson says Quinton Fortune may play in the African Nations Cup if he so wishes - all out of the blue, nogal!
What in the world is going on? Interestingly enough, Quinton becomes available after Bafana gave a most lethargic performance against Tunisia.
Due to this fact, I hope my case for Fortune will fall on fertile ground.
To SAFA: here is a golden opportunity to mend the fences with Fortune! I know that the "Bafana Nazis" who have pilloried Fortune for treason will crucify me for even mentioning his name.
However, I'd beg that before we let emotion overtake reason, let us analyze the situation.
First, Fortune is a gem of a player:
1) plays for Man United (whether you like it or not, one of the best sides in the world - trust me, I'm no Man U fan),
2) gave one of the best performances by any Bafana player at the World Cup,
3) extremely versatile, and more importantly,
4) we need him! I don't care that he's had problems with Mashaba et al before. The fact is, we never got the full story.
The obvious question is: how could a player who so passionately gave everything at the World Cup suddenly become a turncoat?
Moreover, he is not the only player to be subjected to SAFA's inept administration. None other than Lucas Radebe himself complained ad nauseam about SAFA. Which brings me to the second point.
If you wanted to take a class on how NOT to run an organization, look no further than SAFA 101. Here we have a bunch of lunatics who run our football like a spaza shop (apologies to all spaza managers!)
What are Albert Mokoena's qualifications for the job? Where did Screamer Tshabalala go to school. OK, never mind school, what experience do they have in management?
Small wonder they forgot about Benni's 50th cap. Either SAFA managers can't count, or even worse, they have no strategic plans, no vision, and no calender of important events. By the way, when did the tradition of awarding captaincy for 50 caps begin? What a fiasco!
If we are to win the Nation's Cup, we have to assemble our best arsenal. That means eating humble pie and bringing Fortune back to the fold.
As the philosopher Schopenhauer wryly stated: All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
Do we have to wait until we are knocked out in the first round of Tunisia 04 before we accept the obvious?
Shaka, Phatheni, Richmond
KZN - Lets Support Each Other
Guys correct me if I'm wrong, we have three PSL teams representing KZN, but we are not supporting each other,
I'm saying this because I had an opportunity to be in Giyani over the weekend when Arrows were playing Stars.
People from Limpompo and Polokwane support each other thats why whenever one of their teams are playing you always see a respectable crowd.
We had guys who support Dynamos and Black leopards all cheering Stars. Guys if we can do the same in our province this could help our teams as we know that our teams don't have big sponsors and some don't have sponsors at all, and I'm also appealing to our soccer administrators to come together and talk about this,
look at what Hellenic and Ajax did - we can also have double headers in KZN and by so doing we can have crowds in the Stadiums. If my sources serve me right on the 7 December 2003 both Zulu Royals and Rangers are playing Hellenic and SuperSport respectively.
Why can't we play these games in one venue as double header and both hosts team can share the gate takings and saves on paying for an extra stadium and also double number of security? Please guys this can benefit our soccer in the province,
I'm appealing to the management to think about this, last but not least on the 30 November 2003 Arrows will be hosting Orlando Pirates at Absa Stadium.
Fellow KZN's, let come in numbers and cheer Abafana bes'thende.
And to all Arrows players and supporters, guys what happened in Giyani is history, lets focuses on the Pirates game - love u all.
Xolani Machi (Arrows supporter no.306)
Mayo Is No Cow
The Port Elizabeth-born striker has proven wrong all the people who said he is a cow.
He has been a good player from his days at Michau Warriors, Imbabala and Supersport. It is unfair to boo a player. He needs support from us the supporters.
If we do not stand on his side he will lose confidence, but I am happy that he is having a big heart. He has proven everyone wrong by scoring a winning goal for Bafana Bafana against Costa Rica and also for banging some goals for Amakhosi.
I won't be surprised if he can win Lesley Manyathela's golden boot at the end of the year. Guys (South Africans) let us stop criticizing players for no apparent reason.
Another thing he is doing well is his fulfilling his new role that he was given by Ted, which means that Mayo is now a utility player. He is a reason for Amakhosi's success this season. Mayo I say bring us the Afcon cup next year.
No More 'Small' Teams
I am glad that the standard of football has increased sharply in South Africa.
Gone are those days when we had to use the so called big four( Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows and Sundowns) to fill stadiums.
It shows us that we can or we are mature enough to host the 2010 World Cup Soccer.
I am happy for sponsors like Coca Cola, Castle, Absa, FNB and the like for supporting our local soccer.
Da Gama proved that you do not need a sponsor to take a cup, it is a matter of dedication. Look at the teams like Golden Arrows, Black Leopards, Dynamos - they have proven to people that we do not have small teams anymore.
I think if we can improve on refereeing and avoiding to many interferences, then we will be able to match the English Premiership.
Its a matter of time for our soccer to match our overseas friends. I say to Owen well done and keep it up.