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SA’s soccer mess tells us a lot about our political mess

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SA’s soccer mess tells us a lot about our political mess

We must get rid of the old, dead wood at the top because sporting success translates into pride and unity in communities

Songezo Zibi

Last Saturday Kaizer Chiefs lost their fourth consecutive Dstv Premiership game. They are languishing in fifth place on the log, almost 20 points behind league winners, Mamelodi Sundowns. Amakhosi last won the premiership seven years ago.

On the same weekend, TimesLIVE reported that Jomo Cosmos had been relegated from the professional ranks, even though they remain under the stewardship of the club’s founder and owner, Jomo Sono. He is another legend, initially in the colours of Orlando Pirates and later New York Cosmos, where he earned the unambiguous respect of the game’s greatest of greats, Pele of Brazil.

Cosmos is another national footballing institution that should be some sort of national treasure, whose name elicits passion across the borders of the country. It is not and will likely never be...

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