Cape sport crisis

Cape sport crisis

NIGHTMARE START: Roger de Sa quit Ajax job

Ajax, Cobras and WP give nothing to cheer about.

Cape sport is in the dumps.

Let’s be honest. There is pretty much nothing to be proud of or cheer about.

Thank God for Cape Town City and their win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.

It was something to smile about. And the way they cut the African champions down to size with a well-worked plan was just an amazing thing to behold.

The counterattack was so gevaarlik and it was just the way coach Eric Tinkler had planned.

Maybe they didn’t score all the goals they should have, but YOH did they get it right in the end.

It hasn’t been the same for the rest of Cape Town’s premier teams.

Last week, Roger de Sa decided to walk and leave Ajax Cape Town to sort out the problems they are facing. Without a win all season, De Sa had been drained.

Up front, the goals weren’t coming and at the back they were leaking goals they shouldn’t have.

It wasn’t as if they were that playing badly. They were playing good football for the most part. But when the end result is not going your way, getting demotivated is easy.

There is nothing as exhausting than giving your alles and you don’t see the desired results.

But Ajax have long been criticised for not playing the way the brand is supposed to and new coach Stanley Menzo has a moerse job on his hands to turn things around.

The good thing about Ajax is is that the players do have the belief that they can match the best teams and they have a common goal.

The same can’t be said about the Cape Cobras.

At Newlands, the mense are not seeing eye to eye. For most of the year, the senior players and Paul Adams have been at odds.

That could be seen with the results towards the end of last season. But it took a turn for the worse when the players made their grievances known over the close season.

A formal complaint to the CCMA didn’t help sort things out either, with the players now feeling alienated by Western Cape Cricket for not taking the players’ feelings into account and siding with Gogga.

It’s no surprise that they haven’t won a game all season at the start of the Sunfoil Series. In a four-day tournament there is just no place to hide. With all the concentration and discipline needed for such a demanding game, player power decides the game.

And at the Cobras, the players have downed tools. Unless the WCC make the players happy, forget seeing the team turn the corner.

It even got to convenor of selectors Alan Dawson, who said that no matter what team he picks, things are not going to get better. That’s how deep the rot has gone.

The union has to find a solution that sees both the coach and the players’ attitude change, otherwise they might as well write off the season.

Talking about write-offs, Western Province has some debt that they might need to scratch off the books.

With a lawsuit of R72m hanging over Newlands, things could turn really ugly.

There is talk about bad
governance and already four board members have resigned.

Well, according to the reports, WPRFU’s deal with a third party that finds them sponsorship sounds stupid.

It’s often said that what
happens off the field doesn’t affect the on-field business.

But I think that is somma
k@kpraat. That level of
uncertainty is bound to distract the people that need to perform for the fans.

Without the resources,
players are will worry about their futures.

WP have also lost a number of young players to other unions in the last while – some even from Craven Week level.

Now if the union can’t even tie down the stars of the future, then things are not great. Not only does it mean that they don’t have the money, but they also can’t identify talent.

If a player hasn’t gone through WP’s academy, chances are that he will never play for Province if he is any good.

There is already a reluctance to use the massive pool of club players in the Cape.

But really, when we are losing such young players at this stage, we are not going to have the best Province and Stormers squads we could have.

It’s time for Gert Smal to get more help from his rugby manne.

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