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What SA Minister Fikile Mbalula said was out of order!

Written By Themba Khumalo on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I’m very much disappointed in Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. His comments about Bafana Bafana came as a shock to me. I never expected a sports minister to embarrass the men fighting on behalf of the country in such a way.

If there was a need for a reminder to Bafana players on failing the nation, as a man of dignity who does scrutinize before blabbering, Mbalula should have told the boys and their coach of that at a camp, away from the public.

When you blame someone, you wish for them to change and do better. That you can only achieve by touching the inner of the villain so that he may address it within himself that he oughts to do better. Once embarrassed in public, I doubt any need to better the mistakes rises because they believe such is the lowest of all points they can reach. They realise no matter what happened in future, they can never get worse than where they are standing right now.

While still wondering how a prominent figure who is expected to reason and realise that in football, just like in life geney, things can never always favour our ambitions, I then realised the first scenario was just a dress rehearsal.

Moeneeb Josephs would have expected fans to have a go at him, and that is a norm, but a Minister? When Josephs sacrificed his precious time he could have spent with his family to be part of a country flagship, was that not a patriotic act on its own? Yes, it may be easy for one to put on the most expensive suit in the land and label people with all the names he wants but one has to come to a point to realise that everyone belongs elsewhere; somewhere he is loved and cherished with all his weaknesses and shortcomings.

Had Bafana beaten Mali last week, I’m sure we might have had a different song being hymned today. Josephs was not in goals when the damage was done, because in all fairness, the plot was lost with failure to beat Mali. This does not serve to appoint Itumeleng Khune or any other individual as the scapegoat. Bafana played, won, drew and lost as a team.

Am sorry to Josephs, we all know it's every player's wish to lift their country to better heights and no one can go with the intention of sabotaging his own nation.

Bafana Bafana and Gordon Igesund failed to win CHAN; no finger should be pointed at Josephs individually.

One wonders how someone got such a post in sports when he can not make peace with some cases that are inevitable in games.

The Minister has taken the best contender for the lowest point of 2014 so far…

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