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Former player seen washing taxis! 30/08/04
The latest SASoccer365 readers' letters concern the form shown by Sundowns, the lack of young players coming through, the whereabouts of former soccer players, and much more...

Former player seen washing taxis!

Dear Editor,
I am an ardent soccer follower and regular visit to this site. I would like to request that your introduce a section where you inform soccer followers about past players. What I have noticed is that except for a selected few, most SA soccer players vanish from the soccer fraternity once they retire from the game.

Most of these players are sitting in the townships, down and out without any money to support their families. This is a bad reflection of South African football.
My view is that most of these players have the potential to be great coaches and could be roped in to assist without grassroots development, particularly at this period when we are busy preparing for 2010.I was shocked to see a former Bush Bucks player who retired just a two seasons or three washing taxis in Umtata.
Could your find out for me where are these players and what are they doing.

Howard Freeze
Mike Ntombela
Jabu Mnguni
Jacob Seakamela
Ace Siwisa
Patrick Gumede
Vincent Sokhela
Marcus Mphafudi
Andries Mpondo
Vusi Mncwango

Thank you.

Perhaps some of the readers know the whereabouts of these players? Please mail Downs failed the acid test

As I said last week, Dolezar must not cry when teams start to find Sundowns weak points. I think Sunday's match gave a lot of teams a chance to spot their weak points.

According to me, they have failed that acid test against Swallows in their own back yard.So I say "FOOTBALL IS UNPREDECTABLEAND IT IS ELEVEN AGAINST ELEVEN"

Soccer lover

Chukwu is an open book

I don't see any major problems to other teams because he is an open book to SA Soccer, it is just an additional player to add more depth in Sundowns colours.

With my short stint in military, I believe that Wars are won by the prepared men with the right attitude and the right equipment for the war as well as good Leaders to give them correct orders on the battle field, not with just "Big guns".

Positional playing in Sundowns is still weak.My question is: Is Sundowns preparing for this new HOT season by signing all these "expensive" players, or desperate for quick success?


Mr."Rubber Face" is playing players out of position

Dear Mr. Editor

With all due respect to Mr."Rubber Face" Dolezar,he must change the way he selects his team, because the players are played out of position.

If he continues doing it, strong teams with clever coaches like Wits, SuperSport and Chiefs are going to punish the star studded Sundowns just because of his blindly "At tack,attack" game plan

Where is creativity in the middle of the park? Mazibuko and Moriri are not good Middle fielders,they are played out of their natural positions, when they start to adapt to their new roles it will be too late.

As for "Bulawayo Bullet",He is just like any other common player.With Dolezar as a coach,Sundowns is going to get some hiding, WATCH THIS SPACE.

uVusi aka Stambo [Chiefs Fan]

Sundowns and Swallows both title contenders

Dear Editor

My answer is that they (Sundowns and Swallows) are one of the contenders of the title. The way the two teams played on Sunday and also they are inform.

They will give most teams a hard time this season especially big teams such as Chiefs,Pirates etc.

Looking at Swallows,they have good players such Ndlela who I think will give most defenders problem. They have a stable
defence and midfielders are skillful on the ball.

I am not a Swallows fan but the way they are playing makes  me happy cause know our league will be tough no team will be easy to bet.

My team (Sundowns) showed what I have been looking for - determination and hardwork. Only thing that the coach must work on is our finishing and also combination of Ndlovu and Kilambe.

My last words is to warn all teams that they must watch out for Sundowns this season especially players like Kilambe, Mazibuko, Ndluvu, Sebona, Tiena and incoming players like Josta,Chukwu etc.

From Mesu (Cape Town)

Not enough GOOD youngsters coming through

Dear Editor

The problem with our local game is that there are not enough GOOD youngsters coming through! As a junior coach and chairman of an amateur club in Cape Town I feel that this can be rectified by SAFA.

If they can pass" stupid" laws regarding overseas players then I feel they can put a quota system in place to breed good players.  More overseas players means less local players.

I feel that it should be compulsory for every club to include at least 2 players under the age of 20 in their squad. This, I feel, shall enable our football to move forward. For us to be successful in 2010 we would need a good crop of under 26 year olds.

I know that clubs' aim is to win but when will the country win if the clubs only think of themselves? For us as a country to progress we need to collectively move towards empowering the youngsters, in business as well are in sport.

I hope pro clubs can be as bold as to implement this without being forced to, by means of quota.


Chairman, Orient Football Club

Mathebula has it all

I think David Mathebula is Chiefs best signee for this season he is got the brilliance of Chippa Molatedi the vision of  Ace Khuse & the skill of Mooki.


Message to the 'small' teams

As a soccer loving person I will like it if one of the small teams with no big sponsors can win the Premier League for the change ,here comes my message to them:

1. I cannot give you a formula for winning ,but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Trying to please everybody

2. Hard work beats star studded teams when their stars don't work hard because of the element of complacency

3. The test of your progress is not whether you add more stars in your teams,it is whether you provide enough performance for each and every game

4. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow as a team,so pull up your socks this season

5. Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a results of hard work.Come on,go out there give the "big teams" the run for their money

6. Doing your best as individuals is not enough, You have to do what is required of you,Then you will see.

I will like to say again, this season will be very tough,which I think is healthy for Mzantsi soccer Evolution

u Vusi aka Stambo eKapa

Motsepe is on the dance floor

GOOD People. Gone are the days when the mighty Kaizer Chiefs was known as the dominator in South African football . Let Chiefs supporters know that Motsepe is on the dance floor, the big Kaizer empire is in debris now.

We don't say that Sundowns is unbeatable but it will cost effort.I think this is the growth in SA soccer. People accept the situation as it is. 

Benni should move

I'm Mhlonishwa. I think Benny McCarthy is a world class striker who can play anywhere in the world. I think a move to PSV would be good for his career.

No surprise at Chuck signing

My Editor, I'm not surprise to hear that Chukwu is with Sundowns after yesterday's game. Sundowns are like a newly formed team just from scratch (back to square one).

Just like Peter Ndlovu they can go on and on buying any player around the world... the likes of Figo, Ronald, Zadine, Pienaar, Owen or even Delron, but they wont have a good combination to beat any PSL team.

In short they'll be part of PSL 2005/2006 may be even 2006/2007.  All the PLS teams are just taking each & everyday as it is waiting for all the millions that I saw mixed with Swallows players. Sundowns the sun has gone down, money cant buy a win.

Like what I've said few days ago, to all PSL team lovers, Sundowns is yet to see a lot of what they have seen yesterday. They haven't done their home work. R-Chukwu is not the  answer till next of next season.

Football lovers we're part of the game, thinks to all the supports who always going around all the province to be part of this game. For all Magosi, Corniesto for Chiefs till Sundowns change the name or respect Kaizer Motaung, is time for them to understand how we became the house hold of this game.

Botswana/Gabz City
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