The Error of Football Bosses [opinion]

There is an old saying that what you sow is what you reap. So, the chickens have finally come home to roost in the aftermath of the poorly thought out and somewhat volatile creation of a bloated 16-team MTC Premiership.

Sports administrators have developed a nasty tendency of not listening, consulting or rather seeking good aice from those in the know – many of them have become a law unto themselves, doing things in their own awkward fashion without taking into consideration the serious repercussions of their actions.

The large number of teams campaigning in the country’s flagship league has not only weakened the overall standard of play, compromising the already questionable quality of local football but has now spiralled down to fans who are clearly getting gatvol with hopelessly too much football forced down their throats.

HELLO! Athletes are human beings and not donkeys to be obliged to play competitive football in a congested league fixture as witnessed in our midst. Whoever came up with this crazy idea must surely have taken leave of their sense, so to speak.

It is now crystal clear that those who deliberately and ignorantly indulged in the far-fetched resolution to beef up the league do not have the interest of football and more importantly, the real McCoys of the game, the players, at heart.

From what yours truly could gather, the apparent legitimate claim is that overall compilation of local football does not form a true demographic reflection of the country’s cultural diversity. But alas, who is to blame for the conspicuous absence of football clubs in the domestic flagship league. I’m just asking.

Both Oshakati and Ondangwa have no business in not having clubs in the Premier league and the buck stops right here. It should be the collective responsibility of all the towns’ inhabitants to ensure they are well represented in structures of national interest and this is where the stinking rich business moguls come in.

Business people in that neck of the woods should put their shoulder to the wheel and work hand in glove with football clubs, politicians and other sports entities to bring their regions on par with the rest in the very important area of recreational activities.

The unfortunate exit of both Oshakati City and KK Palace Football Clubs from topflight football can be largely attributed to lack of sufficient funding, obviously as a result of business people’s persistent reluctance to plough their hefty resources back into the very same community that is responsible for maintaining their deep pockets.

Defiant football bosses are trying very hard to convince themselves that their wayward resolution to increase the number of teams campaigning in the Premier league is warranted – no matter how risky it is while obscure any thoughts of paths other than the one they are peddling.

Fact of the matter is the product is hopelessly too poor and unattractive no matter how hard those in charge of the beautiful-turned-ugly game try to package it.

Dwelling crowds and lukewarm performance by players, as a result fatigue by playing hopelessly too many matches within a short period of time has become the order of the day.

Unless football administrators swallow their pride, admit their grave error of judgment in an effort to arrest this ugly trend – many of you would scorn to own me in a lie if yours truly concludes our football is destined to become a delicacy for stray dogs. I rest my case.

Source : New Era