African dream

2010-06-23 13:30
Yesterday saw two African teams bow out of the World Cup. Bafana Bafana bowed out with valour, although a great achievement to have beaten the 1998 champions and 2006 finalists, our victory was simply not enough to ensure further participation in the tournament.

Our loss has set many a tongues wagging, and as expected left far too much to be desired as the nations hopes and dreams were shattered.

I personally believe that our passion and love for the beautiful game of soccer will continue to live on beyond 2010 and the torch of hope that was ignited prior to this monumental sporting spectacle started should be held up high for the sake of the positive legacy our country as a collective achieved.

Despondency and the “what did you expect from a team ranked so low according to FIFA world rankings?” should maybe be spared for another day or forum, but then again that’s like asking the rain not to descend.

The entire African continent’s hopes continue to rest on the remaining teams who could possibly still sneak in through the backdoor. Having said that – wouldn’t this be the ideal time for all the major African countries to sit set up a summit, so that they can discuss, exchange ideas as well as possibly find solutions to this challenge we are faced with as a continent?

“Africans are not producers but consumers” one comment read, yet we’re still rich with minerals and precious raw materials and not forgetting the exceptional sporting talent we posses evident in the number of foreign based players playing in the major league of the world.

What then is the issue? Negativity amongst players, ever changing technical and coaching staff, infighting in camps?

It will be interesting to receive more positive/constructive suggestions and opinions!

The ultimate question yet remains, will we be doing ourselves justice as a nation by bringing in a new coach who will more than likely instil his own methodology and insight into the game that might differ from Parreira’s, whom to my knowledge, quoting his words: “laid the foundation”?

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