Alcohol Consumption Problem Among Issues On SAFPU’s Agenda
Alcohol Problem Among Footballers On The Agenda Of SAFPU
The South African Football Players Union have confirmed that they are working on assisting players who have a problem with alcohol.
In his interview in edition 1064 of Soccer Laduma, Brighton Mhlongo spoke openly about the problem he had with drinking.
“So I thought the best thing for me to do was to kneel down, pray, fast and meditate. I prayed for that deliverance, I prayed for that strength, that spiritual authority to come back so that I can live a normal life again. I took a decision and told myself that I was going to quit alcohol, which was the first step because I needed to identify my problem before I could go any further with my mission to get my life back,” said Mhlongo.
“I knew if I didn’t deal with the main problem – alcohol – head-on, then I may as well forget about getting my life and career back. It started with me saying I’m not going to drink for a week, then it was weeks, months and, surprisingly, the urge was slowly fading away. I can safely tell you that alcohol doesn’t fascinate me anymore! I’m glad I went through all of this now rather than later on in my life. Obviously, it was difficult, at first, because the urge for a drink or two was always on the back of my mind but I kept ignoring it. I decided that whenever I feel like drinking, because of all the emotions I was going through, I needed to find something else to do instead of drinking,” confessed the goalkeeper.
Speaking to the Siya crew, SAFPU’s Calvin Motloung confirmed that issues relating to alcohol consumption by players are among topics on their agenda.
“We are working together with the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) on the matter. It is a concern even though it is not all the players that are involved in this. That’s why we have decided to involve SAIDS in this matter (alcohol) and drugs,” said Motloung.
“We are making progress. We are having a meeting with Highlands Park on Friday. We have invited people from SAIDS to come and talk about it. Those are the things that we will be talking about, as well as the bursary. There are many players that we have lost over the years because of this problem (alcohol). We won’t be talking to only the players about alcohol, but to also the public out there. Drinking and (driving) is not on,” said the SAFPU Deputy Secretary General.