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Julian Bailey Answers His Readers

In our weekly feature where you, the reader, can ask the selected journalist questions, our in-house Ajax Cape Town, University of Pretoria and Orlando Pirates specialist, Julian Bailey, gets back to you.

Yesterday questions were submitted to Julian from our readers, getting an insight into life as a journo and football as a whole.

Five random questions were selected, with our specialist sharing his thoughts.

It's always great to be able to give my opinion about football matters. I hope that I don't offend anyone by sharing my views.


Q: Good day mr editor im a lad from cape town.. Safa is suppose 2 balance the ripping of their fruits throughout the country, but i feel that here in the western cape we are restricted reason being, coloured ppl are favoured and the sporting system z so poor.. What i want to know z, does safas sports academy projects extending throughout the country or do u hav 2 b in gauteng or kzn 2 get da benefits?

Submitted by: mazie

A: Hey Mazie, this is exactly the point I made in my last blog. There should be academies all over the country and huge investments should be made into establishing more academies to give more youth players a chance to get proper development. The development of players can only take place if the players get a platform to show off their talent and get the opportunity to learn new skills and improve their game. Gauteng has an abundance of PSL teams and that’s the most likely reason why there are more academies there.  Many players get taken from Cape Town to these academies because, although Gauteng has loads of talented young players, the Cape players bring something different to football. They are willing to go because there aren’t enough opportunities for them in Cape Town.


Q: If u had the power 2 change anything about local futbol, what would it be?

Submitted by: FUTBOL_JUNKIE

A: Heita Futbol Junkie, it would be tough to choose between promoting fair-play and getting supporters to support their local teams, rather than supporting the teams who win the league. I would love to see all the people of Polokwane getting behind their team and supporting them through wins and losses. At the same time I would love to see everyone from Cape Town getting behind Ajax Cape Town and help the team climb the table and start competing with the bigger teams. I think the people of Bloemfontein have set a great example in the way they get behind their team, even at away matches.  

Q: @kwetsa_89, what is your take on the way Ajax have started this campaign? Do you think it is a wise decision by Muhsin to have a squad dominated by development players who are inexperienced and young?

Submitted by: Ezimnyama_madoda

A: Ajax have not shown the same kind of fight as they did towards the end of last season when Muhsin Ertugral took over. I expected them to start much better. However, they do have many young players from their academy who are still adjusting to PSL football. There isn’t a problem with promoting development players into the first team but it’s how you use them that will determine how well they do. The more senior players around them play a major role in the type of players these yougsters will become. Muhsin may be relying too much on those younger players but we are always calling for younger players to get into the Bafana squad and the only way they can is by playing top flight football.


Q: ola dah MJuliman can you pls tell us why when every time Mamelodi Sundowns buy a player the media publish the price of how much the player cost but other teams like Chiefs,Pirates etc buy players they dnt even bother by revealing the prices pls tell us why??????

Submitted by: L-Soldier

A: That’s simply because most teams do their best NOT to disclose transfer fees. Mamelodi Sundowns sign so many players that it sometimes makes it hard for them to  keep things quiet. Players sometimes reveal these prices themselves, without the clubs knowing about it. I am sure Chiefs and Pirates have a strict policy about keeping those figures quiet, more so than Sundowns and most of the other teams.


Q: Good day Julian, can u find out if there is a reason why Tebogo Monyai hardly plays at Tuks though he's captain and Tuks mosty captained by Mkwanazi. Or is it age related and the fact that they once said there is a role for him in management

Submitted by: Keelie_K4L

A: Heita Keelie, I have spoken to their coach, Steve Barker, regularly and he feels that Buhle Mkwanazi is performing above and beyond what was expected of him and his defensive partners Grant Kekana and Siyabonga Shoyisa have all been doing great on the field and at training. It’s difficult to get into the side when the guys on the pitch are performing well. Tebogo will certainly step up when he is called upon. With his experience, he will grab any opportunity with both hands, whenever it might be.


Q: Is it really accurate to blame bafana's poor perfomances on poor development? Why do other countries with no good resources and scarce academies still perfom well compared to bafana? War torn and poverty stricken countries like senegal,ivory coast and mali still fare better than bafana

Submitted by: Xolileakamthembu

A: Hi Xolile, part of the poor performance can be blamed on poor development, but not all of it. We have some fantastic players in the current Bafana set-up who should be able to do the job. It’s going to be tough when these players start fading out, that’s when we’ll really see what our development is like. It amazes me that these other countries can keep producing great players over the years and we are just unable to do the same. They also have more players who are doing well in the biggest leagues and the biggest teams in the world. Perhaps we need to look at our coaching development first, rather than player development. We need to have capable coaches to develop good players who can take Bafana to greater heights.

It's been great interacting with you guys. I hope we get to do it soon again...

Cheers for now!

Follow Julian on Twitter: @kwetsa_89


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