In our new weekly feature where you, the reader, can ask the selected journalist questions, our in-house Bloemfontein Celtic, Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows specialist, Lunga Adam, gets back to you.
Yesterday questions were submitted to Lunga from our readers, getting an insight into life as a journo and some of the PSL teams. Four random questions were selected, with our specialist sharing his thoughts.
Lunga Adam answered some of the readers:
Q: Hy Lunga! I hope u r doing fyn all of u guys' Editor some of these bloggers r hooligans thy wil skin u alive,just kidding , but I like this initiative to discuss soccer with ur journo, my question is: wat step will be taken to Gordon Igesund because I think he was given a mandate to take Bafana Bafana to Brasil of which now he failed to do so? How long he will be in charge of Bafana Bafana?
Submitted by: Sangomasethu
A: Hola Sangomasethu. Ha ha ha, the Soccer-Laduma bloggers are a passionate lot and their comments always keep us on our toes as we go along. Regarding Gordon Igesund and Bafana Bafana, yes, you are right, he was given a mandate to qualify the national team for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, as well as to reach the semi-final of the Afcon earlier this year. Unfortunately, due to various reasons, he was not able to deliver on both these, much to the disappointment and frustration of the South African football-loving public. But there are a few things to consider. The team looks a lot better than it was when he took over, he won three out of the four World Cup qualifying games he was in charge of. He has got the team playing with much confidence and looking better in the scoring department. Almost everyone seems to have faith in what he’s doing, so why not let him continue for the long-term? Chopping and changing coaches has not helped us for the last couple of years and we need to get behind Gordon, send as many players as possible to quality leagues overseas and keep playing against strong opposition, and I guarantee you, we will qualify for the 2018 World Cup and not just make up the numbers there. His contract with Safa ends in 2014, but apparently there are plans for him to stay longer than that, but let’s see.
Q: Molo mhlekazi...umbuzo wam umalunga neqela le Golden Arrows. This team used to be one of the most exciting team to watch during the time of Y2K, Sphesihle Ngobese and many more exciting players under Khabo Zondo, they continued under Mnqithi too (I remember them beating Chiefs 4-1 in tko cup). Now my question is where did Mato lost it as they are the one of the most boring and weakest team currently? Do you think she made a mistake by hiring foreign coaches? What about the team's relationship with bucs, does it benefit them in anyway? Enkosi
Submitted by: Phefeni
A:Ndiyabulisa mhlekazi wam. Great question! I for one used to enjoy watching Golden Arrows play at the turn of the decade. What a scintillating side. Remember when they beat Mamelodi Sundowns with a 5-2 score-line and, towards the end of the game, they turned on the magic. The Sundowns coach, Angelo Cappa if my memory serves me well, threw water on one of the Arrows players on the touchline, clearly incensed by the showboating. Over the years Abafana Bes’thende have turned into a very ordinary side, perhaps except for the MTN8 final where they annihilated Ajax Cape Town 6-1. I do think the influence of foreign coaches has had a role to play in their below-par performances recently. The players were used to expressing themselves on the field, speaking the same language with the coach, being allowed a bit more freedom off the field, etc, and now a foreign coach comes and changes everything. One can come to the conclusion that Mato Madlala realised where the team was going by bringing back Manqoba Mngqithi. The coach, by signing a lot of unknown players from the lower ranks, is trying to bring back the glory days, although he has had to take some flak for that, even from Thanduyise Khuboni, ha ha ha. Having watched a few of their games this season, this is a team to watch, but South African fans don’t want to listen to the ‘time’ excuse. On to your second question... the team’s relationship with Orlando Pirates benefits them a lot, as with the relationship they have with other clubs. It means any player whom Bucs don’t need can be sent to Arrows and benefit the team, and they can also send players to Bucs. Siyabonga Sangweni and Katlego Mashego are typical examples.
Q: Howzit Lunga? This is Me Gert here..my questions relate to Mamelodi Sundowns. Sundowns doesn't have a major sponsorship since parting ways with MTN. Are there no companies interested in sponsoring them? Are they rejecting sponsorships?..When digging for information relating to new players who do you normally interview? who sign players at Sundown? What's Mambush's role? Who is this mysterious light-skinned guy?
Submitted by: GertiNH0
A: Heita Mr Gert. I really cannot find an answer to your question about Sundowns and sponsorships, although I wouldn’t think there are no companies interested in sponsoring them. Perhaps they are just fine with Ubuntu Botho Investments, which is owned by Patrice Motsepe. As for your other question, our first port of call when digging for information is our sources and then confront the club spokesperson with what we’ve got. Of course, it is up to them to confirm or deny, or choose to be unavailable. Players at Sundowns, as far as I am aware, are signed by the coach. Daniel Mudau is Supporter Co-ordination Manager. As for the light-skinned guy, ha, ha, ha, that’s a story for another day, bro!
Q: Does our chairman and players visit SL website, if yes what do they say about the comments we made here? I have 1 for ll of them what do they say about lack of youth in PSL? When are we going c under 16 player playing 4 psl team?
Submitted by: tshepi83
A: Hey tshepi83. I should think they do, because if not, it would be their loss. They take the comments into consideration, I assure you, although they wouldn’t openly say so. Let’s hope they will implement all the changes you want to see.