Over the Easter weekend, one had an opportunity to attend a number of football tournaments and had a variety of discussions about the Beautiful Game. It was on this basis that I realised just how much of a difference we could make to our communities through football.
You see, anything is possible for football people. This is one sport that unites everyone across racial lines. Young and old are all crazy about the sport and if we could all hold hands and come together, we can achieve so much more through football. Everyone is a football supporter, whether through active participation in watching the games or as an armchair critic. The bottom line is that we all love football. Can you imagine if there was a football political party? Everyone would definitely become a member in good standing!
Now, think of the power and influence football supporters have. All it takes is a focused approach and then we can make things happen. Soccer Laduma launched a Supporters Club, whose main mission and objective was to address football-related issues at grassroots level. It was also a platform for supporters to have a say in the Beautiful Game. I’m reminding everyone of this initiative because I feel it is a perfect vehicle for the difference that I feel we can achieve, together. As mentioned earlier, through football we can make so much difference in our communities. How about we start a movement that will be looking to address social and economic problems that are faced by our communities? For instance, if through our respective clubs’ structures and Soccer Laduma Supporters Club, we can all pledge to plough back to our communities through monthly contribution towards schooling, sanitary towels, school uniform, feeding scheme, career guidance and everything else that is necessary to our communities, we could make a huge difference. That would be our little contribution towards building our communities. There is so much more that we can achieve through such initiatives and I believe this could give birth to more such initiatives that would have positive spin-offs for our communities.
We all know of the less fortunate in our midst and it is only fair that we share the little we have with them. That way, we can all help improve lives and ensure a better future for the next generation. We need to start lifting each other up rather than tearing each other down. This is the same approach that we need to adopt when it comes to local football where we all focus our energies on nurturing the young talent and creating opportunities for them. If we could all play our part, regardless of the teams we support, and look at the bigger picture of creating opportunities for the betterment of our communities, we could impact our communities positively in a big way. We shouldn’t be folding our arms and waiting for government to make things happen for us, let us take a proactive approach so that government can meet us halfway. Gone are the days of selfishness and greediness, we have to look out for one another.
If the current economic hardships and the COVID-19 have taught us anything, it is the importance of unity and support for one another. Guys, let us please look out for one another and give that helping hand to the needy. We are all in this together and our battle should be against poverty, not each other. The day we start thinking positively and always looking for opportunities to impact others positively, it will be the day our lives change for the better. It will be the day we all realise that we need each other and that it isn’t about who has what but what each one of us is doing with what they have. We have a responsibility to pave the way for the next generation and make sure that they don’t have to go through what we went through. If you think about it, someone gave you a chance to be where you are today. Without opportunities, nothing changes at all, so it is very imperative that we go out of our way to provide the same opportunities to the next person so that we all play our part. Once again, we need each other now more than ever and let’s build our communities. Good communities produce great human beings, so it is very important that we take care of our communities because they are a reflection of who we are.
Speaking of building, Bafana Bafana parted ways with coach Molefi Ntseki, while Chippa United did it again, parting ways with coach Dan Malesela, for the umpteenth time now. Both SAFA and Chippa are looking for a new coach to build their teams and it looks like it is going to be a very interesting next few months for both as all eyes will be on them and their rebuilding phase.