I’m livid, not just livid but done, done with the politics, done with the excuses, done analyzing a corrupt organization.
Keagan Dolly, one of SA’s top footballers at the moment, in the form of his life, doesn’t get a national call-up.
Each manager has his own style and that’s okay, but this is not the first time we’ve seen this farcical image.
Not a while back, SuperSport United had an excellent left winger on top form that went on to become South Africa’s most successful local player ever. But continuously never got called up and dare I say it, for being coloured.
After years of pressure from the media, he did get a handful of call-ups but mostly as a substitute. The player I’m talking about is Daine Klate, still in top form but apparently not a realistic player for the fallacy that is our 2022 Plan.
Coloureds not getting a chance in the national team is something that is known in Cape Town and has become a norm, even though the rest of South Africa chose to stay oblivious.
I remember a simpler time when Capetonians would get livid at the injustice, but it seems that they’ve given up. And, that’s one of the reasons Cape Town stadium is consistently empty, the reason that Bafana don’t often play in Cape Town.
We’ve gone from trying to fight the system to realizing that change can only happen when we cut off the tip of the tree of Safa.
Has anyone ever noticed that when Bafana play in Cape Town, they include one or two Ajax players just for the political side of football which shouldn’t even exist?
It is a topic that I can analyse so deeply, and explain how the system of labeling blacks and coloureds as “People of colour” has allowed politicians to deliberately neglect coloureds just like the BEE act, but I have a word limit and that’s essentially off topic.
And, even if we were to say, but Kyle these are two isolated incidents and you cannot judge an organization because a manager chooses the team.
That’s when it gets really insulting.
If anyone remembers the under-17 world cup that SA competed in last year. Not one Ajax Cape Town player was called up, need I remind you that this was the team that did not only win the Engen under-17 tournament in Cape Town but won the national tournament too.
It makes you wonder who selects these teams? Do they even scout In Cape Town? According to what statistics is squad selection based on? These are questions that reporters have stopped asking due to it being shrugged off by Safa.
Kermit Erasmus too – was pushed to the point that he vented on twitter about not making the Bafana team and understandably so, he was in the form of his life and reaped the benefits by securing a European move to France.
No wonder, Bafana Bafana are the joke of the country. The more these politicians push the idea of transformation, you get the sense that they don’t care who’s selected as long as the squad represents the demographics of South Africa unless we talking about soccer, then it’s the “best players” that should be in the team.
And although I’m not part of the cacophony who preaches that more coloureds should be in the national team, as I believe the best players should be picked. It’s just upsetting to see that these politics still exist.
As this opinion piece reaches a Safa members eyes and he laughs at my rage and their misuse of power, the old age proverb says that “he who laughs last, laughs best”.
So when you don’t qualify for the world cup, when you get knocked out of the Afcon early and when you fail to make the Chan tournament and when Safa vision 2022 becomes dim and fails. The rest of South Africa will be laughing at you.