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Fri Apr 18 12:38:01 SAST 2014

Power-grabbers stymie hopes of Afcon success

unknown | 06 May, 2012 11:250 Comments

THE fact that Safa felt a need to issue a statement about something they've dismissed as a green lie can only mean one thing: the lie is true.

Rubbish is not worth dignifying with a response. And not just a response, but a statement stating your intention to invest time to investigate something that you all agree is rubbish.

Now if that is not rubbish then the meaning of rubbish has changed from the last time I checked the dictionary.

What am I on about?

Here's a recap of the latest episode from the Safa soap opera. A recent report in The New Age claimed that the Football Transformation Forum has launched a palace coup against Safa president Kirsten Nematandani.

The mice allegedly did this by appointing one of Nematandani's four vice-presidents, Mwelo Nonkonyana, as chairman of the 2013 Afcon organising committee, while big cat Nematandani was away on an overseas trip.

Safa dismissed the New Age story as sewage. But it left such a stinker that they went helter-skelter doing an unconvincing job of denying it. No-one was fooled by the flimsy denials.

You see, Safa is run by an organisation within an organisation called the FTF, that vociferous crowd that rose to power at the controversial 2009 election. Those on the periphery feel entitled to a slice of the power cake, meaning prominent positions.

All this bickering is negative for our football. We have an Afcon to prepare for, an anxious national coach who has to get the team in tip-top condition. After all, the self-same Safa has mandated him to reach the Afcon 2013 final on home soil.

Instead of fighting for positions in factional wars there should be a think-tank drawing a battle plan for getting Bafana out of the doldrums, given that we have to get the team ship-shape for the even more pressing 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The road to Brazil starts next month, yet there are no activities announced about team preparations for the home-and-away clashes to Ethiopia and Botswana respectively.

Of course, these developments cannot be viewed in isolation against the upcoming annual general election. It is an early start to the silly season of campaigning and jostling for authority through boardroom bickering and petty power-mongering.

For people who constantly insist they are united, unity is a swearword at Safa as it is at COPE, where Shilowa and Lekota are as united as Roberto Mancini and Alex Ferguson.

This so-called investigation will come to nothing. It will prove to have been a complete waste of precious time - time we can't afford to waste.

Rather than stooping to power-grabbing shenanigans they should focus far more on putting a positive gloss on this country.

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