A Letter to Danny Jordaan

Dear Danny
Would you like to know why our national football team cannot compete on a global level? It is not the coach, it is not our lack of talent and it is not the money... it is the attitude and sheer lack of respect within football, and it all starts at the amateur level.

Let me explain... I have been playing amateur football for the last six years, and each and every year it is the same story. Teams pitch up late, or not at all. Only one referee arrives when there should be linesmen, or no referee at all. Pitches are in a torrid state, lacking lines and with holes. On top of this the administration are so incompetent it makes the ANC seem like the excellence of the Swiss! 

How do you expect people to continue to show interest in this going forward, and for those that happen to come back year after year (like myself), how do you expect them to improve with such conditions.

Here's a great example of what I mean. I moved up from Durban last year, and was hopeful that things would be better in JHB. I play in the Randburg league - and no, things are probably worse. A team did not pitch up to a match a couple weeks ago, and instead of us getting the 3 points, they were awarded the points!

Talk about a complete string of errors! The admin are almost impossible to get hold of, and when you do, they say there is nothing they can do!

You want to know why our cricket and rugby are so good? Due to simple aspects at grass-roots levels. I would hate to think what would happen to a rugby team if they just did not pitch to a game without a legitimate excuse, or if a referee just didn't show up!

Seriously Danny, please improve this from the ground up. Throwing money at the top level (and no, not giving the SAFA board members money!) is not going to help this nation improve at football!

But as with everything "public" in this country, I just guess it has turned to do-do!
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Michael Kleber 2014/08/01 07:56:28 AM
The government has been so focused on rugby and cricket and have allowed soccer to slip into the abyss , from one of the top African teams to not being able to qualify for the African cup unless we host it , soccer here is a joke at the moment
Emma Sanderson 2014/08/01 09:00:41 AM
I agree 100%. How the administrators spend their time nobody knows because results are not reflected. For a soccer passion mad country like ours, Bafana are absolutely pathetic and as you outlined it is not due to a lack of talent but lack of planning and organisation. They should learn from the rugby and cricket structures.
sxp 2014/08/01 09:35:06 AM
I am sure after all these years, IT IS a lack of talent. It is time to cut the losses and put the money into rugby, where clearly we can and do win, thus have talent.
Nawhal Umm Fiyaaz Majiet-Armien 2014/08/01 10:32:57 AM
i don't think this a about the government, or i could be wrong, its about who runs that actual department, oh dear no its sounds as if i'm a racist\
Steven Bresler 2014/08/01 11:14:11 AM
It's just a total lack of control. The guy on top says to the guy at the bottom,"is everything alright" and he says "yes, no problems". In fact, everything is not fine and they don't have the management skills to get off their backsides and go and check. Now we hear that 70% of the municipalities are mis-managed and now they want MORE AA managers. There is no planning here whatsoever.
Anthony De Lucchi 2014/08/01 05:12:04 PM
The trouble with soccer is at the amateur club level it is run by members of the community and not all of them have the neccesary skills to run successful clubs....I would think that SAFA should actually look into placing professional people in permanent positions to run the amateur football clubs, thus upping the focus on the younger players and the training. More White youngsters should be encouraged to play soccer, by seeing more young white soccer players on the fields of the professionals.