SA needs white soccer players

2010-07-20 17:23

Cape Town - Soccer bosses want white South Africans to take more of an interest in playing soccer, saying it will make the game "more interesting and lively".

"We want to see people like Andy Karacinski and all those white football players we used to see in the 80s," SA Football Association (SAFA) chief executive Leslie Sedibe told MPs on the portfolio committee on sport and recreation on Tuesday.

"It makes it interesting. It makes it lively.

"If we are going to succeed we are going to need the support... We need to create that appetite."

Sedibe said the non-participation of traditional Model C schools and white schools in soccer was a problem for SAFA.

"Many of these schools are simply not interested," he said.

"As a united South Africa, it is important that we begin to mobilise schools and make sure they take part."

He had heard from a parent that soccer was not allowed at their child's Afrikaans school in Magaliesburg.

That was something he wanted to change.

"We can't continue on that basis."

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani said there had been an exciting response from "the Afrikaans speaking public" after the World Cup.

"There was a very exciting response from the public, particularly the Afrikaans speaking public, which was rare in past," he said.


  • Staalburgher - 2010-07-20 17:34

    Nice olive leaf but soccer sucks compared to cricket or rugby.

  • jaright - 2010-07-20 17:38

    as an ex footballer and someone who loves the game,i can honestly advise whites to stick to rugby.The old days of jomo,ngubane,tovey,moosa are gone..diski has taken over unfortunately and ruined our once proud heritage.when barker coached we were ranked 16 in the world and one the african cup.lets hope pitso sticks to what he knows and coaches supersport utd style..old style proven results..not diski no results..good luck pitso you are going to need it with all the idiots in safa!!

  • Gavin - 2010-07-20 17:42

    HEROES OVER NIGHT! True Rainbow Nation.

  • Boothie Boy - 2010-07-20 17:42

    Mmmmmm.....lets see now - if I change my name from Booth, would I really become a Bafana boy?? No, I' d just be a lively boy. Or maybe I could be a support boy. Thats really something to aim for. Please Mr Sedibe, white boys would like to play soccer at national level too - not just play cos they're "interesting". At least have some quota boys

  • Mark - 2010-07-20 17:45

    Why? BEE ensures that a white will not play for SA again. The black man is racist and will always be.

  • John - 2010-07-20 17:47

    Great Idea!!! Now put your words into action, and remember the quota system! Minimum 3 white must be in the national soccer side. Give the schools a starter kit with the money SAFA got from FIFA, don't leave the responsibility soley on the schools and give up if they moan. Keep pushing for it and supporting it. We need another sport other than hockey, if you are not into rugby or were injured from playing it. Soccer is my favorite sport and if my school or area supported it had it I would have played.

  • YouMustBeJoking - 2010-07-20 17:47

    Yes more whites in soccer so that you can use the AA policy on them

  • Andrew - 2010-07-20 17:49

    As `n wit afrikaner steun ek hierdie berig :-)

  • HS - 2010-07-20 17:49

    Oh for Pete's sake! Does EVERYTHING have to be about race? Why can't people just be selected on the basis of ability?

  • rightguard - 2010-07-20 17:51

    It is about time that this problem should be addressed at the highest level. When millions have been poured into soccer over the years thousands of white children have been abandoning the code.Weird.

  • Sedibeiscrazy - 2010-07-20 17:51

    Well, Are black schools mobilising and getting black guys into Rugby?

  • Marc Horace - 2010-07-20 17:51

    Won't happen in my lifetime!? If there are any good players, they will do a "Kevin Pietersen"

  • Fint - 2010-07-20 17:55

    WE shall see

  • Jamie - 2010-07-20 17:55

    Why now , because of the World Cup ? Where there questions asked as to why there are NO white players. There are many football clubs where white players train every week. And many of them are very good since they start so young. Just because 1 school does not offer football as a sport does not mean anything. What are the chances of a white player making it into the National Team ?

  • Michael Bowery - 2010-07-20 17:56

    Unfortunately our experience of the quota system in almost every other sport in South Africa has made it seem that soccer in this country is a black sport and there is no room for whites. 14% white players regardless of merit has never been considered by soccer administrators. In fairness, black soccer spectators might riot if it happened. Equally, and resulting in a white young exodus, it does'nt stop at soccer. We have well qualified white youngsters looking for jobs like their black counterpart and being told straight out - wrong colour. It's a problem, so I am glad to be a very retired ex soccer player and not a young man looking for work. Nothing racist about it just a very wide ranging problem and even includes the rumoured Xenophobia against foreigners. This so far and fortunately locally, seems more criminal than xenophobic but hasn't stopped an exodus of those who feel threatened. Anyone got a solution??????

  • matthew - 2010-07-20 17:56

    speaking as a 23 year old white male i can say that afrikaans schools in the western cape do not participate in soccer at all even though i wanted to play soccer at school. I think goverment must force schools to have soccer as a choice of sports or sadly the face of soccer in south africa will remain black.

  • Tru South Africa - 2010-07-20 17:58

    There have ALWAYS been White SA soccer players. Ask Garry Bailey why in the past, all the WHITE SA players that went to the soccer academy NEVER GOT A GAME or scholarships???? They were so disillusioned they all left!!! Soccer has always been played at Primary schools, even today. All that fantastic talent LOST once they entered high school and this is for black and white kids boys and girls. I am so happy someone has woken up to the fact that to get to world cup standard, its TALENT and the BEST players. Not the colour of your skin!!!!

  • GRAHAM - 2010-07-20 17:58

    It would be great to see this happen but without inteference from politics where 'quota' players are put into a rugby side. I believe players should be chosen on merit not colour. Schools should also not be forced to play soccer simply to fulfill Sedibe's wish. Let the students vote. Start small and build from there. It would be great to see a South Africa with more tolerance of each others culture. BEE is another issue that should also be banned. Thios only creates animosty. Let the best candidate win; not what his / her colour is.

  • gin - 2010-07-20 18:00

    Why don't we just leave race out of it and pick the best and most competent people for the position? frankly I dont care if my soccer, rugby or any sport team have freaking martians playing. Just as long as they are the best.

  • hiedie - 2010-07-20 18:01

    "get interested in playing soccer" ? To keep the bence warm ? It is so obvious you want to keep the game black as long as possible.One thing for sure.Keep the team "black" and you are destined for failure.This rugby and criket realised if the team is kept white. South African soccer are doomed for failure should you persist with your "All Black " team.Pick a national team of colour and we will fill the stadiums in all provinces.

  • Wanda - 2010-07-20 18:03

    Sports should not be played because somebody is a certain colour. The people who make our national teams should make it because they are good - not because they fit a political agenda. The best players should be chosen because the stronger our players - the more trophies we bring home. Colour be damned.

  • Bob - 2010-07-20 18:04

    NO SH7T WE NEED THEM! There have always been good white soccer players in SA. They simply were pushed out of the national team.

  • BoB - 2010-07-20 18:06

    South Africa needs good soccer players then the game will become lively. People care far less what colour the players are as the sport burocrats seem to think. Push the best.

  • gm - 2010-07-20 18:06

    Why not have players that deserve to play in teams, regardless of colour, based purely on performance and team cohesion. I am sure you will find a mix of races in all sports and sport won't have to be plagued by politics. It should be based on good sportsmanship.

  • White Boy - 2010-07-20 18:07

    The last time a South African soccer side won anything it had many white players including a white captain. Goodness has it only know dawned on SAFA that it needs the whites Same for everything else in this country

  • pothole - 2010-07-20 18:08

    Wasted the opportunity to not let Booth play in one of the Bafana WC games. The message whites got was clear. Soccer is a black affair. What do you expect now. A charge of white wannabees. Everything starts with some thinking.

  • Neil - 2010-07-20 18:09

    What's wrong with a Bafana Bafana side that's entirely made up of black and coloured players? Is there some reason why white kids can't idolise black players, or vice versa? Is there a reason why schools that have spent decades building up a tradition of excellence in rugby should switch to soccer just to promote a cosmetic change in the national side?

  • Chris - 2010-07-20 18:09

    Soccer needs to be introduced urgently at the former Model C Schools to accommodate those children who do not wish to get involved with a contact sport such as rugby. Soocer does not enjoy snob value unlike rugby which is regarded as an upper class sport and treated as such at private schools and former Model C schools and universities. Cudos to Tukkies for making great strides in this regard. I hope this is not just talk but that SAFA will take the bull by the horns and introduce workshops at schoos to promote the game.

  • SoccerFan - 2010-07-20 18:10

    Brilliant, I think it's a fantastic plan. A large part of SA's population loves football/soccer so introduce it to the schools. Cracking idea Mr Sedibe. It's the only way to lift our lowly world ranking (as opposed to changing coaches every three days)

  • Justin - 2010-07-20 18:12

    I am available to play. Lets talk about pay!! If i am the entertainment I want the big share of the pay.. As in all things these days if they coming to watch me then I deserve the lion's share of the gate takings!! So white brothers start going to your local clubs and showing how interesting you are. Next reality show. The next white player!!

  • CubanGorilla - 2010-07-20 18:13

    Coz that's where the money is - White supporters - SAFA, get fooked!

  • Sack - 2010-07-20 18:16

    Wasn't Mathew Booth part of the team, so they had one but didn't use him. No wonder we don't have any, they're out earning big bucks somewhere they're appreciated.

  • JAF - 2010-07-20 18:17

    Bafana Bafana doesn't need more white players, it needs more good players. I will support the team now (i.e. never really enjoyed soccer before the SWC), no matter the ethnics of the team. International soccer is not about skin colour, it is about scoring goals. In the same way, I will support a Bok and Proteas player if he is selected on merit. In international sport you are quickly found out.

  • rugbyhater - 2010-07-20 18:19

    Stop all rugby in schools. Introduce soccer instead, maybe then we can get this lot to start playing the game the majority of the country plays.

  • Spider - 2010-07-20 18:25

    Well done now at least they can shut up about race thing. Look forward for Whole nation play for PSL :)

  • Shorts - 2010-07-20 18:29

    Why bother? The only white player in the Bafana Bafana squad for the recent SWC tournament, held right here in Soiuth Africa, didn't get even one single opportunity to step foot once onto the pitch during any of the games. Who are you trying to fool? When it comes to soccer, whites don't feature! When it comes to other South African teams participating in any international team sport, there is always a quota sytem requiring the inclusion of a specified minimum number of non-white players, even if they are actually not good enough.

  • JOKER - 2010-07-20 18:36

    THis is the biggets joke I have heard in a long time! Are you serious!?! Can you imagine more than one white player in the SOuth African soccer team! Dream on!!!!!!!!

  • WAKA WAKA - 2010-07-20 18:42

    Well Well Well !!!!! Its taken them long enough to relalize this- The white boys are playing overseas due to no confidence in our so call soccer academies, have a few friendds who plying there trade at Aus/NZL Academies to one day play for Aus.Plus the kids at school never get a chance to show there skills as it is a black thing . Look at Rugby Cricket Top 3 in the world Soccer Well We can only dream and dreams it will only be, Have the right mix in soccer and the white kids will come, Under current regime this will never happen !! SAFA / GOV wake up , SAFA needs to have a complete shake they have a bad track record 18 coaches in as many years.

  • Kevin - 2010-07-20 18:43

    Great idea , there must be tens of great players out there pushing for European Premier League talent that would love a stepping stone until they are able earn some real money ? Get real if you have talent where would you play even if you were " given a chance" sport is a profession not a political platform to show off ?

  • @White Boy - 2010-07-20 18:49

    What we need are good players WHITE or any other colour. But is definately not needed are white idiots like you.

  • reenz - 2010-07-20 18:50

    4 BLACKS, 3 WHITES, 2 COLOUREDS, 2 INDIANS ! Quota enough?? Keep politics out of sports. We want hard-core talent... Hee,hee, Otherwize we get hard-core comedy:)

  • "Devils Advocate" - 2010-07-20 18:51

    First get Gov.& politics out of sport! Then in 6month of training u can have a South African soccer team to take on the world!

  • Niek - 2010-07-20 18:55

    Nou het hulle die wittes nodig, maar voorheen was dit taboe. Neil Tovy en al daai ander het 'n verskil gemaak en van voor af gelei, nou is daar niemand nie. So kom ons roep die toewnaar!

  • clint - 2010-07-20 19:10

    To be honest, I guess I would have to watch if my son wanted to play soccer but the game, the falling down and the general Blue Collar status of it keeps me well away. I also can't see how a 'white' kid from the suburbs is going to handle the completely different culture when it comes to soccer. Soccer worldwide is played by the masses and rugby, except NZ, by the educated. That is why, in general, white kids don't play.

  • alan Ingram (ex NFL player) - 2010-07-20 19:14


  • The Man - 2010-07-20 19:16

    One of the requirements for the "united" South Africa claimed by Sedibe is a policy of not distinguishing between individuals on the basis of skin colour. Unfortuntely, Sedibe & SAFA perpetuate the racial profiling that South Africa has spent 20 years trying to eliminate by enthusiatically chanting for the inclusion of WHITES. Cricket no longer has a racial policy because discrimination has been stamped out of the sport by, for example, SACA chiefs not distinguishing between players on the basis of race only ability. Rugby too is on the way to eliminating discrimination. Ironically, Soccer is unfortunately a long long way off due in large part to discriminatory remarks like those made in this article by SAFA CEO Sedibe.

  • Geronimo897 - 2010-07-20 19:25

    I have coached soccer/football for the last 30 years of my life, at a reasonable level too. I started coaching when I was 18, and moved from under 10 level to full Provincial level. I was even invited by SAFA to move on to National level. Until the infighting and politics are sorted out, until those at the top stop thinking about themselves and not the players, I personally have no interest in returning to the organised game. I get far more fulfillment coaching High School kids these days.

  • sam - 2010-07-20 19:28

    stop politics in the soccer field we are not going any were if we stil using politics.

  • sam - 2010-07-20 19:35

    stop politics please guys.

  • Jon - 2010-07-20 19:36

    This is really good news. Though it's a bit too late for the World Cup that has just passed. But you never know this could mean putting more black players in the rugby squad. Not against this but you never know. Also I think high schools should make soccer as big as rugby and hockey. I went to a private high school and I wished they had soccer for all -- I believe this applies to many other schools as well.