The point here is that we are back to the silly season again! Aren’t we? And if so, then welcome.
Don’t you just love it when the Premier Soccer League (PSL) season starts off with the familiar wailing of Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane and the highfalutin praises of Orlando Pirates club boss Irvin Khoza?
We are indeed back to the familiar sights and sounds of our home-grown PSL. The results? Well, it is way too early to predict what these early results mean in the bigger scheme of things. Except maybe to note that Kaizer Chiefs have started on a slightly better footing this season judging from the results of their first match against old-time rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.
If you have to have a repeat, the score was one-all between Chiefs and Downs. That is what set Pitso Mosimane off to the wailing wall. He, for one, did not think his former striker Khama Billiat deserved the Man of the Match award.
As for Irvin Khoza, well he was making those remarks I referred to earlier at a youth football rally. The point here is that we are back to the silly season again! Aren’t we? And if so, then welcome.
In the centre of Mzansi things are also going swimmingly, it seems, for Bloemfontein Celtic. By Sunday afternoon the club had confirmed via several platforms that they may have snagged a new owner-manager. The last time they attempted to do that the central town nearly went up in flames.
To crown their to-do list over the weekend, Celtic’s new coach Steve Komphela, formerly of Kaizer Chiefs, snatched himself a most welcome win over Chippa United at home in the City of Roses. Celtic next travel to the home of another of their former mentors, namely Clinton Larsen who now does duty at Golden Arrows.
It would be amiss of us not to pay our respects to the honour of all the mothers, aunts and daughters seeing that this month is dedicated to them. On the football front we praise the rise on the horizon of a new, elite professional league for our women in football.
It appears that plans to have the new league up and running by next year are indeed well advanced. None other than the SA Football Association’s second in command, Ria Ledwaba, herself will this month go knocking on the doors of affiliates and members to tell them about the good news.
Of course as with all things new, the nuts and bolts of the proposed league are not yet all in place as we speak. The administrators still have to come up with a formula as to who will be in and who will be left out of the new set-up.
See, the problem is that the current women’s football conference, sponsored by Sasol, is spread across nine provinces where it covers more than 70 individual clubs with over 500 registered players.
Also, in places such as the Northern Cape the clubs double to 16 and operate in two separate streams that parade as a single conference.
In Gauteng the problem is almost identical except that there they are terribly squeezed for space.
Apart from that looming administrative headache for Ledwaba and team, the women’s side of football has also delivered its share of celebrity players including, most pleasingly, coaches. By now every footballer worth his or her salt knows Desiree Ellis, Maud Khumalo (Under-20) and Simphiwe Khumalo who mentors the national Under-17 side.
Of course granny Fran Hilton-Smith is the national Technical Director.
Women’s football is pretty juiced up with solid sponsors already having travelled some way with several of the national outfits up to now. Burger King and Sasol being two of the memorable funders.
We wish them well!