Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba must be learning
day by day that in life you cannot please everyone.
His announcement of the squad to face Gambia in
their 2016 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier, was met with questions.
The coach has been accused of favouring out of favour
Bournemouth FC striker, Tokelo Rantie, whose contract was not renewed by the
English Premiership club.
But when he left him out of the team he announced on
Thursday, there were rumblings, with some questioning why he had left out somebody
who has proved to be his top scorer.
Why, there we even those who questioned the omission
of Bidvest Wits' sturdy defender, Thulani "Tyson" Hlatshwayo from the
squad without even checking that the player was injured.
Some even criticised Mashaba's acceptance that Bafana's
chances of qualifying for the finals were remote if not nil, saying he should have
realised that a long time ago.
Mashaba's position reminded me of a story we read as
young people. I can still vividly remember the funny picture of an elderly man
and a young boy carrying a donkey on a log that accompanied the story.
It was a story on wisdom.
It was about a man and his son who took a long journey.
At the onset, the father led the donkey with a rope while his son rode.
They were confronted by a group of traditionalists who
voiced their disgust at how young people no longer had respect for the elderly.
How can a fit, young boy be perched on
top of a donkey while his elderly father walked.
In response, the man asked his son to climb down while
he got on top. They next came across a group of women who cried
foul at how insensitive an elderly man the father was to let his poor son walk
while he relaxed on top of the donkey.
To this, the man suggested that they both climb and
ride on the poor donkey.
They were soon met by a group of animal lovers who
complained loudly about the cruelty of two people riding on a single donkey.
can't they rather carry the donkey as there are two of them," the group
It was at this juncture that they tied the donkey to a
pole and carried it on their shoulders. You can imagine what snivels and
giggles that drew from passersby.
Moral of the story? You cannot satisfy all people
all the time.
Before the weekend, there was the dramatic case
involving Jomo Cosmos who were accused of having fielded an ineligible player.
Many football supporters held their breath as
Maritzburg United who were in a neck and neck race with Cosmos in a bid to avoid relegation,
joined in the fray.
When Ezenkosi were found guilty by the arbitrator on
Friday, but fined R200 000 with the player suspended for nine games, the stage
was set for a royal battle on Saturday as the two clubs faced each other.
Saturday! Wow! What drama!
Maritzburg came back from a goal down to beat Cosmos
3-1 thus condemning them to relegation. AmaTuks beat Lamontville Golden Arrows
to survive another day and gain a spot in the three-horse PSL/NFD playoffs
involving Highlands Park and Mbombela United.
The overall winner of the mini-league will play in the
PSL next season.
In a dram-filled day, Kaizer Chiefs lost 2-0 to Chippa
United at FNB Stadium nogal. This was
Amakhosi's eighth loss of a season in which they meekly relinquished their league
The NFD provided its own drama as right up to Sunday,
Baroka FC and Highlands Park, were still in a neck and neck race for automatic
promotion to the elite league.
Baroka - who earlier went as far as the semi-finals of
the Nedbank Cup - eventually prevailed thanks to a 1-1 draw against Milano FC despite
Highlands' 4-1 thumping of AmaZulu.
The season ended with former PSL sides AmaZulu, Black
Leopards and Santos populating the lower parts of the log.
The saddest story however was that of Moroka Swallows
who were relegated to the ABC Motsepe League
(the fourth tier).
What a sad history for one of the oldest clubs having
been found in 1947.
What a week!S’Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning well over 20 years. He is
currently City Press Sports Editor.
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