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The Third World War of words in South Africa

Written By Themba Khumalo on Friday, January 31, 2014 | Friday, January 31, 2014

Bafana Bafana and Moroka Swallows creative midfielder Lerato Chabangu has reacted aggressively to the outspoken Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s labeling him a loser too’.

According to Chabangu: “Mbalula is old enough not to call his son like that, so he is also ‘a bunch of a loser’ because he cannot say that to us. He is a loser too and must call himself that too.”

Mbalula expressed veracious condemnations towards Bafana unimpressive performance, but I didn’t concur with his scathing attack directed towards specific player Moeneeb Josephs. Mbalula used distasteful, unmindful, unprofessional, disparaging and belittling language towards Bafana goalkeeper but now it is unnecessary for Chabangu to attack the Minister by calling him a loser.

The war of words won’t improve our regressing football but we need to start planning ahead to revitalised our backsliding performance. We still have a lot of work to do for Bafana to be a force to be reckoned with in the African football. We need to initiate aggressive youth development programs at the grassroots level.

We need to revive the school football to produce quality youngsters for the future. We need to start building distinctive style of play that will be adopted by all national teams from Junior International level to senior level. We need to start nurturing talent at teen age. We must produce more Benni McCarthy, Delron Buckley, Quinton Fortune and Aaron Mokoena.

This war of words will never bring any success but pain to the nation and am not anticipating Mbalula to respond to Chabangu utterances. Let’s focus on improving our football than using media platform to tear apart each other’s.

Together we can do more to revitalised Bafana performance.

By Mashudu Mundalamo
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