"Logic," reflected Samuel Butler, the renowned author of 'The
Way of all Flesh', "is like the sword. Those who appeal to it shall perish
And, who would
dare dispute this assesment in going by what is happening in soccer right now,
both in the South African context and internationally as well.
certainly gone awry in the case of such vaunted clubs as Chelsea, foremost
perhaps, Orlando Pirates, Manchester United and even Premier League defending
champions Kaizer Chiefs, who are struggling in fourth place to stay among the
frontrunners as the PSL season goes into
Chelsea just above the relegation zone going into Christmas? Anyone suggesting
this at the start of the current would have been deemed a certifiable case if
And what about
The Buccaneers? Holding their own with some of the best clubs in Africa to
reach CAF's Confederation Cup final, yet struggling to beat teams of average
standing in the Absa Premiership and suffering a similar fate to Chelsea while
hovering close to the dreaded relegation zone.
Chiefs too have
been less than convincing, with only a controversial 2-1 win over log leaders Bidvest Wits in
their last game of the year enabling them to gain a fourth place in the log and
remain entrenched behind a sprightly, but unexpected Black Aces.
And what about the high priest of all that is logical,
Manchester United's Louis van Gaal, who through his varied career of success
and controversy, has maintained that if you put matters down on paper and plan
accordingly, they will turn out exactly with the same measure of success on the
Not so at Old Trafford, it would seem, with United's
methodical "on the paper" soccer making more enemies by the day among
frustrated and disillusioned supporters and the manager who was hailed as a
saviour of the club when he arrived now being described as "a silly
ass" and worse.
One", Jose Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea while leaving the club bleeding
after a string of unprecedented defeats for one labelled defending champions. Has
that worked out as expected and logical instead of materialising as an event
not conceived in one's wildest imagination.
Van Gaal sacked? Not possible the majority would have
insisted not long ago. Now it's possible.
With a degree of greater logic, perhaps, a group of
hotheads in The Buccaneers' camp are campaigning for Eric Tinkler to be sacked
despite the club reaching the Confederation Cup final - although the club at
this moment are saying the coach is staying.
It is more in line with logic that Chiefs should not
think of firing the astute Steve Komphela at this juncture of his first stanza
as coach even though the Amakhosi were distressingly beaten in successive PSL
finals by Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns.
But, all in all, it's a case of soccer logic going
overboard as 2015 draws to a close. And, if you don't believe it, what about
Leicester City heading the English
Premiership and Claudio Ranieri and his men making a mockery of what
should and shouldn't happen.