What happened the past few weeks with Goodman Mosele and Bafana Bafana has rubbed me up the wrong way.
For those of you who don’t know, the player went AWOL after being called up to the national team by coach Hugo Broos.
They apparently attempted to get hold of him, but to no avail.
It has since emerged that the player has sent the South African Football Association (Safa) an apology, but is still possibly facing a two-match ban.
I strongly disagree with this, especially if he planned to have a traditional ritual done, as reported. We should be able to speak about these things without fear!
Why couldn’t the young man say where he was and what he had planned for?
Obviously, it was a mistake on his part not to contact Safa in time, but surely, Safa should excuse him and keep him on the radar for the next selection and wish him well with the traditional “nisebenze kakuhle mdlali” (may everything go according to plan).
This energy of working against one another is not good for Mzansi, especially with the Big Days coming, and we are vaxxed on level one. Wololo!
The conversation within idiski should actually be “who’s having a ceremony or performing a ritual”.
The ubuntu thing to do is then for those who wish to support and be part of those players’ ceremonies.
We call it ukuzimasa (formally honour an invite), to show support and offer your blessing.
Not to hide your plans to celebrate with your ancestors!
No man, we live in South Africa, a rainbow nation, all nations, religions, traditions and beliefs.
Now it’s a mess, I’ve been part of some heated conversations about it on social media.
So I’ve had my peace with it, but we didn’t create an environment for Mosele to communicate such an important announcement.
It’s fate that it’s amplified by a national call-up because it’s an issue that directly impacts Safa.
They govern football and this young man couldn’t send anybody there a message to let them know his plans or whereabouts.
There’s no space for blame games now. Safa and Orlando Pirates must just sit down and workshop this with other clubs, provinces, regions and LFA’s.
Enough with working against one another with bad energy and muti.
It’s not helping us get any closer to qualifying for the World Cup bafethu. We need energy that will get us closer to lifting that iconic trophy for the whole world to see.
So when the guys return to the clubs from national duty, please expect that some of them will feel the need to perform some rituals to give thanks. Especially those in their early stages as full Bafana internationals.
Good luck to Cape Town City, who hit the road to visit Sekhukhune United at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Citizens are 10th in the table, three places below their opponents, so this newly-promoted side isn’t lightweight.
It’s not ideal for City to also be a game behind, because as the saying goes, as the legendary Bra Pitso Mosimane put it: “games in hand are not games won”.
Stellenbosch is also headed to Jozi this weekend to visit Swallows at the Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Stellies announced a Memorandum of Understanding signed by between Stellenbosch University and the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on Monday. The deal is aimed at developing quality footballers using the varsity’s elite facilities.
The partnership will see the club use the University’s Lentelus Football Complex for training for three seasons (2022/2023) and the Danie Craven Stadium for Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches for nine seasons (2028/2029), all effective from the commencement of the 2021/2022 season.