The latest SASoccer365 readers' letters are about the race between Chiefs and Sundowns to sign Raphael Chukwu, the dwindling PSL attendances, and more...
The race for Chukwu's signature hots up
I think this time Chiefs will win the race. If Kaizer and Motsepe really met and discussed the Ndlovu saga Motsepe will feel indebted to Chiefs and allow them to sign Chukwu. I also think that he can do that for the sake of sportsmanship he will let Chiefs have him.
THE RICH MAN WILL WIN HIM (Chukwu) - MR MOTSEPE. NOWADAYS MONEY TALKS NOT THE NAME OF THE CLUB.
The problem of dwindling crowds...
Aish aish aish, now we know why not so many people watch PSL games in South Africa, preferring instead to tell the barman at the local shebeen to change the channel to e-Supersport on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
I found this quote, in the Guardian newspaper, attributed to Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, who knows a bit or two about soccer - he has two of Africa's finest players in his team and now wants a third - which sums it all up:
"Today people see football [from] all over the world. If you offer them a boring game they will switch off and go somewhere else. It's not like 20 years ago. Now you can choose what kind of game you watch. Before, you waited to watch a game on TV and when there was one on you watched it completely."
Talk about hitting the nail on the head ...
I have read about the brahuha that followed Gary Bailey's comments about people watching Premiership games on Supersport. Yes as someone who lives in the UK at the moment I have come to realise that the general trend in football and most other things is 'home first, the others after' type of an attitude which has worked wonders for the English game.
But at the same they don't just let their hair down with the satisfaction that the stadiums are filled from the Barclay Premiership to the 3rd division every weekend. No they recognise that football has other competitors and they do everything possible to keep the English supporter glued to the local game.
Now that they've 'cornered' the local supporter, they are now spreading their wings all over the world from the US (Manchester United and Chelsea play pre-season tournaments every year in the US), the Far East etc.
They have adopted sound business principles which make sure that the die-hard supporter doesn't need to look outside his own borders for more. Real Madrid and Barcelona, Juventus and Intern Milan are now adopting these same strategies.
So when Bailey stands up to say that people should watch Premiership games on MNET we shouldn't chicken out and think oh he's killing our football. No lets work hard to ensure that there are more Tokyo Sexwale etc, people who are willing to invest more into the local with the result that we will become competitive.
Sky TV shows football from the Continent as well but you don't hear English FA officials complaining about this, because they know they've done a good job in attracting local interest (business/skills.investment supporters etc) in the game.
What the 'Bulldog' should be doing is taking that R22 million that SAFA officials appropriated between themselves (when the organisation is cash strapped), raise more capital from the new Black elite and other sectors of the corporate world.
Then invest it into activities that will make sure that when faced with a choice, a South African would be like nah! I'd rather watch Dangerous Darkies vs. Royals in the Mvela League instead Preston vs. Cardiff because there's everything, all the excitement I want to see in a soccer game. What will more likely happen is that one will only see a much higher turnout of corporate investment as we get closer to 2010 and by the it could be too late
Concerned at stadium facilities
My concern is that we seam to concert rate more on Bafana +1.whiles the problem we facing every weekend are ignored. lets count them
1 NO SCORE BOARDS AT OUR STADIUMS
2 MOST SEATING OR CHAIRS ARE CONCRETE AND HARD STEAL
3 TOILETS ARE A HEALTH HARZAD
4 PLAYING FIELD TOO BUMPY FOR GOOD FOOTBALL, SOUND SYSTEM VERY POOR
I CAN MENTION MANY MORE
Let the guys invest more money on stadiums so that spectators will enjoy coming to watch and be comfortable other then watching from the comfort of their homes
Warning to Sundowns
THIS BOILS DOWN TO WORKING AS A UNIT FROM OTHER TEAMS AND RELIGIOUSLY FOLLOWING COACHES INSTRUCTIONS,BECAUSE FOR ME ALL THE TEAMS THIS SEASON WILL BE FIRING IN ALL CYLINDERS,AND mR. RUBBER FACE DOLEZAR MUST NOT BLAME THE REFEREES WHEN OTHER TEAMS START TO FIND SUNDOWNS WEAKNESSES,THIS IS FOOTBALL AND IT IS NOT PREDICTABLE,ASK REAL MADRID THEY WILL GIVE YOU THE VERSION OF MY STORY.