Monday's readers' letters questioned some of the Kaizer Chiefs players' commitment and one debates whether Orlando Pirates have a true leader or not, while the influx of foreign players in the PSL also mentioned.
Amakhosi lack commitment
Amakhosi advance to the semi's of SAA Supa 8 in a lackluster performance. I thought the game was heading for penalty shoot-out and already counted my team out due to previous experience. But thanks to Ntofontofo (Mbesuma) for being consistent with his performance.
I was never at all impressed about the players' performance and I agree with Ted when he says they lacked commitment. It leaves one in doubt if indeed Amakhosi will defend the league and even pull through to SAA finals. I wonder what type of motivation do the players require because I believe that putting on any teams jersey is tantamount to a warrior on the battle field representing his nation. But unfortunately they were lacking that zeal.
Please guys note that you at Chiefs by merit and therefore you're expected to deliver as well as maintain our team reputation.I don't demand a win in all games but though that will be a
bonus. Actually, my wish is that your presence must be felt.
YOU GUYS ARE LEADERLESS
Lets now talk facts, Orlando Pirates must really wake up and smell the coffee, they are just not the old 'Sea Robbers' who really spark the country with scintillating football. They should not be called the "Mighty Buccaneers" but "Mighty Mouses" roaming around the pitch without a leader.
I've said it before, we really need a great Orlando Pirates team in this country, not only to keep our football alive but to feed to the national team, but we are not getting it. The way Pirates plays nowadays, it leaves a lot to be desired and in honesty they are really starting to add numbers to all competition with their skillful but average players.
They play for the fans and not for the success of the team, we are used to this saying "Well played Pirates but you have lost". I remember in 1995, Bartlett while playing for Cape Town Spurs once said that "he will never play for teams that is managed by fans", this referred to him playing for Pirates/Chiefs at the time.
In recent years, the K.C. fans have realised that Kaizer is there to manage the team (he is doing it) and we as fans are there to support the team (we are doing it), and our recent and consistent support over the years shows. Pirates fans must, I say must, do their job of supporting their team in good and trying times, and not interfere with the team management and coaching. Khoza should also in turn, really start managing the team and stop concentration of all available business opportunities as his team is suffering because of his ignorance.
Over and above all, losing to a Malawian team and also squandering a 4 - 2 lead in an African competition through disqualification for logistical problems which is pathetic, how do you buy players without even appointing a coach, that really happens in the under 13's level.
Mr Palacios (Mr Fix it, yeah right), as your youth team coach will be involved in 19's Banyana Banyana while he's still employed by Pirates, where are his loyalties, its money that his after and not development. It really shows that Pirates problems are far deeper that we all think, YOU GUYS ARE LEADERLESS.
I'm a Kaizer Chiefs fan who happens to be very passionate about the rivalry between us and Orlando Pirates. In the past 4 -5 years, we have manage to make it to most finals but Orlando Pirates has always disappointed not only us but the nation of a grand finale, being knocked out cheaply.
Now we have shifted our focus, Sundowns is becoming yet our rivalry, it reminds me of the late 80's and early 90's when Chiefs and Sundowns games were classics. Sundowns are already shifting Pirates to the third spot, with regards to fans favourites and also on the field of play.
Lastly, the way things are Sundowns might even steal some of Pirates fans, I know few Pirates fans who are having a liking for Sundowns, so please O.P. get your acts right or you will play second fiddle to K.C and Sundowns' rivalry.
I personally love Pirates and would love to see them fighting with us and Sundowns for the title of being the best team in South Africa, eventually Africa.
K.C fan from Cape Town
Brazilians don't need Mendu
I'm a bit concerned about why players join certain Clubs. I'm a Sundowns Fan, and I don't want Sundowns to Just Accommodate Some players because they failed were they come from, but Sundowns should hire Players cause they are forming part of the Sundowns plan and they behave well in and off the field. Jabu Mendu, had some troubles with 'Dumitru' the Coach....do u remember? A talented guy called Naughty Mokoena??? Were is he now? He doesn't stay more than 3 months at a club. Why??? Big headed maybe? and I heard him (Naughty) saying 'he asks the Coaches why He was replaced and all those stories'. Do u think a Coach will have to tolerate a single player asking him why he replaced him or not field him? No coach will take that. I never heard it happening anywhere in the world, Ronaldo gets replaced and that's the end of story. So Mendu is one of the talented Players, but its a pity that your Attitude Determines your Heights....Sundowns doesn't need Mendu as such.
Player development a must!
I support the reserve league idea because the development of many talented players is being disturbed by their sitting on the bench of different teams!
I pray and wish that someone out there can hear this genuine call and do something since our leaders (SAFA) have failed to do something for the nation and it seems as if they (SAFA) are only prepared to do something for themselves!
Goitsemodimo S Sogo
Bartlett still the best striker we have!
I disagree with some readers who say that they are not happy with Shaun Bartlett's performance. Shaun is one of the best strikers in the
country, to remind you he is still the top goal scorer for our national team.
He might have dropped his form lately, which I don't think so, but to remind those readers Shaun was out with injury for a long time before
the World Cup 2002, last season he was always out with injuries.
Shaun's presence in our national team always makes a difference, we know that we have a strong, experienced man up front who makes the job of our attacking midfielders easy because he opens way for them. Shaun is one of the strikers you can depend on, like Peter Ndlovu. Every coach knows that the presence of these guys will always make a difference.
Shaun might have missed a lot of chances lately, but hey chances are being missed everywhere, no matter how close they are. Everybody misses
chances, those who play soccer will understand. Missing chances does not mean that one's performance is below par, or that one is not match fit. We are seeing some people who have been playing for their teams for the whole season missing those clear cut chances, it just happens...
Let's not look at how many chances a player missed, but at his presence, his role, his creativity not to mention the goals the player scores.
Shaun scored a goal for our team in the last two games. Let's look at the touches he makes with our midfielders, that movement up front.
There is always a balance for the striking department when Shaun is playing.
The beat goes on...
MAROPENE TOMMY RAMABINA
RONDEBOSCH, CAPE TOWN.
Foreign players don't benefit SA
I really think Ted is really talking as a foreign coach, to me there are elements of rubbish in what he is saying. This phenomena really illustrate the commercialisation of football, club owners needs the best employees to be the best so if foreign players will supply such service then its all good for them to buy them. What about the influx of our own potential players on the streets due to lack of opportunities, one man's luck is one man's misery, so every opportunity given to foreign players, our own players is deprived
Firstly, most teams with influx of players are really losing their golden status, look at Italy, Germany, Spain and England for an example, when last did they win trophies, their cabinets are as dry as a bushmen. As for France, they experience an exodus of their own players being groomed elsewhere, and yet all the influx African players there, end up taking French citizenship.
The World Cup Winners like Brazil, Argentina, France, for an example, most of these teams exports their players than import in their own countries, their youngsters have enough opportunities to express their talents. In Africa, South Africa was the only country to win the Copa America Nations Cup with 90% local payers. Our own local based players won't even win the Cosafa Cup, this is how weak they are !!
Dumitru is really talking as a "foreign" coach who is not interested in grooming local players for the nation but success for the club. For an example, my team Arsenal are the top team in England but in development of English players is highly debatable. Instead Arsene Wenger as a Frenchman, he is really grooming young French players for his own country via an English team.
There is only one Arsenal player who was developed by the team who is an English international and that is "Ashley Cole" but Henry, Pires, Vieri and the new French sensation acquisition of 17 year old "Frabagos" are all for the better of French football. Furthermore, Anelka and Petit were also groomed at Arsenal, so in view of the above, who is benefiting ? France or England.
To me this is a true reflection of poor scouting, for an example, how did it happen that Nzama, Clement Mazibuko get recognised in Umtata by Bush Bucks being Jo'burg guys, even more interesting, why did Steven Pienaar end up being at Ajax Cape Town being a Jo'burg guy ??
This clearly illustrate poor player scouting as they couldn't be seen in Jo'burg and now Nzama cost Chiefs a lot of money to bring him back to Jo'burg, so why couldn't they identify him at an early stage ???
The influx is very good but needs to be managed very carefully, African foreign players need us for solidarity purposes to look after them but at the expense of WHO ?
K.C fan from Cape Town
We are improving, but...
Firstly, I would like to congratulate Bafana Bafana for a splendid performance against Tunisia. I was really impressed by the quick passes exchanged by Tso Vilakazi, Steven Pienaar and our two strikers. Benson Mhlongo also did very well as an anchorman, but I believe that the coach must do something about our center midfield specially for our forthcoming AFCON/WORLD cup qualifiers. The Tunisia game was just a friendly, the one in DRC will be a war - they will be coming at us from the first whistle. I think the coach must play two central midfielders (anchormen) so that we must positively deal with the attack from the Congolese in Zaire.
I also would like to congratulate Chiefs and Wits for advancing to the semi-finals of the lucrative SAA super 8. The standard of football in South Africa is vastly improving, it is very competitive. I'm looking forward to a great 2004-2005 season.
Lastly, I think PSL must do something about certain soccer fields which are not suitable for 'healthy' soccer. There are several of these grounds but the one that comes to mind is the Orkney Stadium which is, sometimes, used by Wits. I don't think that pitch is suitable for PSL matches. Wits have a very good pitch in Milpark, but they always use the bumpy Orkney, especially when they play the so-called the big teams. Heaven knows why they are doing that, but it is not good for football match. It is like that Kumasi stadium in Ghana, where we were thrashed 3-0.
With the level that our football in the country is now, PSL must ensure that these kinds of pitches, which are unfair to others, should not be used. 2010 is just around the corner, everybody in the world is now glancing at South African soccer, let's not disappoint.
MAROPENE TOMMY RAMABINA
RONDEBOSCH, CAPE TOWN.