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Soccer-Laduma Edition 825

Good day, I'm Shaun and I'm a huge soccer fan. I have been following local and international soccer for as long as I can remember.

I am saddened with what is happening in our football today, as coaches are restricting players from expressing themselves on the pitch. Coaches have now turned our players into robots. Players are now brainwashed with all the theoretical football concepts.

I believe as a coach, you're there to develop and enhance a players individual attributes, not change them. I remember when Ted Dumitiru won the league with Chiefs, he said, I just tell the players to go there and enjoy themselves, and indeed they did, thye late Scara was blossoming because he was given the freedom to be Scara. Another scenario is when Kosta Papic was in charge of Pirates, he allowed his players to express themselves. The late Gift Leremi, Lebogang "Cheeseboy" Mokoena, Lelo Mbele, Tso Vilakazi, Joseph "Duku-Duku" Makhanya, those players enjoyed themselves and they were embraced by the nation because they displayed the style of football that was synonymous with South African football. Little kids idolized these players, after every game you would hear children outside adopting the names of their favorite players, they would even fight to be called "Jabu Pule", "Cheesboy" etc.

I believe that we need to go back to that time. Coaches need to learn that skillful trickery is our identity. Let players express who they are. I believe that coaches must just develop, enhance and embrace a players ability.

I agree with Clint (A reminder from Jabu, Steve, Scara and Mayambela), it is true. I support Pirates and I love soccer. When Pirates collect trophies and all the money that comes with it, my only benefit is some bragging rights at the local tavern. Unfortunately the benefit I think I deserve is entertainment. My fellow Pirates supporters did not understand why Krol had to go after winning the first treble. I wanted him to go. He made Pirates play the most dull football in years. One of the bad days I had was when I listened to Mr. Jerry Skhosana on TV obviously annoyed when De Sa played Mayambela. He did not know why Pirates still kept him in the team. Jerry! Is he serious?

I fully agree with Clint. For me it is money well spent if the victory comes with players using the South African flair to beat the opponent. Ever since we tried this dull approach we have moved to the bottom in all rankings and we only play in tournaments we host. Sad. One time here, under Krol the keeper, Moneeb kicked the ball and it passed everyone to Klate on an offside position and he scored it. I did not celebrate that goal. The rules were interpreted and the goal stood, there was no entertainment for me there. There is twenty other guys whose wits do not get tested that way, in the field. They all should play. In the gym, players must practice to pass the opponent and open spaces. When we played in our small platforms we used to say "ayigqobhozi" the ball does not cut through. Many of our player's passes do not even get intercepted, they jus hit the opponent because the passer was under pressure and are not able to ease that pressure with a shibobo, tsamaya... No PSL players, let us be entertained. I have never been a professional football player, but I don't enjoy watching people doing what I could do. They have to be better than us sitting on the stands.
Sonwabile Mfecane, Mthatha

At the end of the season, teams are supposed to get a report from the coaches detailing the assessment of the season and most importantly the reinforcements needed going forward. Now, what always happen is that management (not coach) will buy the players they want and not necessarily what they need. It happened at Bucs many times when the signed many midfielders instead of strikers. At Downs, it's worse as it's still happening and you find many good players on the bench that can easily become regulars at other teams. It takes two to tango and i will blame agents instead of Downs 's management in this regard. They are the ones who are influencing the players to sign, checking the huge financial benefits for them instead of the very important playing time for their players. I request players to do honest assessment of their playing chances before before signing on the dotted. Not playing results in lack of motivation from the player, zero chances of playing for Bafana and the overseas dream remain just that - a dream! The famous nonsense of "i am not afraid of competition" is definitely not working. Ask Manqele, Sangweni, Rodgers, Henyekane etc. Now Khumalo from Swallows has committed career suicide by going the same route. Amos Tshukudu, Ga Maria

Masibusane Zongo's interviw, made me blush. We're tired of him, telling us every time about favouritism. We're not idiots. He's a spoilt brat. Take my advice boy :" You're an alcoholic. ( addicts always deny. It's normal ). Check into your nearest rehab facility. After attending successfully, your agent in collaboration with your therapist can try a team for you. Even in the NFD. Soccer doesn't need YOU to survive, it's the other way round. OR since you've got no qualification educationally, you'll end up in jail or begging from shibeen to shibeen for a  bottle of cheap wine."

Shedi Booi ;Milnerton

Well done Bafana Bafana. We are half way there. All we need to do is beat Ethiopia. Brazil here we come.
Thabo Mashishi, Bakenberg



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