THE WORST OF TIMES
Nyakane’s move reaffirms SA sport’s vulnerability to big bucks
Bok prop’s move to France highlights SA sport’s tenuous grasp of professionalism and inability to hold on to talent
Naturally endowed athletes have refined talents and revel in terrain and weather that are a godsend. That has long made SA the envy of many.
Managing and nurturing talent, however, has proved a less fruitful and more fraught exercise, given the disparate backgrounds of those sat around the boardroom table after the country emerged from isolation.
SA was awash with opportunity and money was redirected towards sport in ways not seen before on these shores. Naturally, those who traditionally held the levers of power tightened their grip, while those who came from the other side of the fence had more than wire cutters...