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Readers' Views 18/02/04
More readers' view on what the root of the problem in South African soccer is, who the next coach should be and support for Roger de Sa.

"A fish rots from its head"

Dear Editor

There is a gross misinterpretation by you on the learned coach's (Dumitru's) remarks. The root cause of this is the lack of professionalism that reigns supreme in our mother body SAFA.

This basically takes us back to the tired (but important) subject of who should coach the national team.

That we have had a string of disappointments is well known and I don't want to go there, rather I hope to engage others who follow soccer to take a closer look at this.

Shouldn't we be concerned about people that we hire to hire coaches?

Why is that they lacked the insight to see the good that was in both Phillip Troussier and Carlos Queiros? (Does anyone remember Mich D'avry?).

Do they really have what it takes to appoint national coaches?

The idea that 'local is lekker' should be checked constantly. All nations who are world beaters have a mixed bag of talent from the world over.

Have people noticed that some coaches are 'better suited' to ply their talents at the national team but will never be good enough to occupy the same position at some of the leading club sides in the country?

When I close my eyes I cannot just imagine Shakes, Styles and Trot dictating terms at Pirates, Chiefs or Sundowns! Listen to Ted talking about soccer and you won't even need to check his track record to arrive at the conclusion that he knows his business.

While others go on a ego trip and become defensive, the old man dishes out free soccer philosophy!

Our national body is managed like a remote chieftaincy where the whims of the chief, no matter how blind he is, is the rule. Look at the former 'King' Luis.

He leaves a well administered and organized team for SAFA and what happened to him? Does anyone remember him? Why is it that we have more faith in our teams like Chiefs than we do with SAFA?

Does the force that has been hired to run SAFA reflect the fact that it (the force) was drawn from a nation of no less than 40 million?

Back to the subject: as long as personnel in the form of players and various managers feel that they lose all that they have worked hard to build the ill fortunes of losing Fortune, Bartlett and many others will always be with others.

In conclusion let us remember that a fish rots from its head! We should remove the ultimate head of sports to get things right in sports. I am sure many people know who this is!

Who wants to take over from Styles?
I believe everybody wants the Bafana job after the African Nations Cup. No pressure, no stress take your chance and move out. This sound like a seasonal job with no vision.
Kaizer is in favor with Jomo, but then he seems to prefer Gordon Igesund, although he is not comfortable with his methods.

How long will he last? (Igesund). Pressure is his weakness and that will be confirmed by Pirates as well as Santos.
Let Jomo give us the knowledge he has accumulated during his years. If that is not good for South African fans nothing will ever be.


Support for de Sa

What do people have against Roger de Sa? It seems there are people out to make him look bad in order to block his chances of becoming the Bafana Bafana coach.

First they accuse Roger of being racist (which is ridiculous) and now they say he was out drinking with the players, which I find very hard to believe.

I appeal to all soccer lovers to ignore these fabrications and back de Sa to become the new national coach - I know he would do a great job.

Patrick, East London





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