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The SA football universe seems to be taking shape


Well done Safa and congrats to Desiree! Now bring on those trophy-winning games!

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There are dollops of exciting stuff going down in the annals of our football at the moment, giving many the satisfaction of having well-oiled football machinery at our beck and call. Forget about missing the bus to the Fifa World Cup.

OK, enough of that rent-paying act. Where to start? The national women’s team finally has a coach. What took the bigwigs at Safa so long to figure out that Desiree Ellis is, firstly, South African and, secondly, has football brains on her shoulders?

They should regularly subscribe and turn to the wisdom dispensed by this column for solid advice on matters football. Well done Safa and congrats to Desiree! Now bring on those trophy-winning games!

Next up are Orlando Pirates. From the glimpses gained from matches played over the last three weeks it would appear that the Buccaneers are finally listening and executing the instructions of the man tasked to coach them.

It is not a fluke then that when a relatively young and inexperienced Chippa United from the Bay on the east coast tried their luck at football this weekend they found a raging bull in the Buccaneers instead. Four goals went into their posts after they had snuck in one early strike. Whew, that game against Pirates must have been like meeting the feared township bully in the alleyway at midnight.

For their trouble the Sea Robbers moved to within an inch of the lid of the Premier Soccer League’s medallion chest. Their progression makes for so much unease at Chloorkop right now.

As things stand in the football universe it means Pirates have eclipsed Kaizer Chiefs in the fierce fight for the top-dog place and have Mamelodi Sundowns within reach and in their sights.

That makes three toughies who will fight it out for the premier spot of the league. OK, maybe we should pencil in the Clever Boys too, for now. You never know where they will end up in this dogfight seeing that they too are keen to join the maul.

A little bit of caution for Masandawana would be to look out, not for their near neighbours on the log table, but rather those out-of-the-way teams with nothing to lose who will end up tripping them over in their quest for stardom this season.

The likes of Maritzburg United, Free State Stars, Cape Town City and Baroka FC are dangerous when the end of the league season approaches.

I do not have a clue why it happens, but very often these are the type of okes, I mean teams, that trip you up on the way to the big time when you least expect it.

It is as though they take some obscene pleasure in causing you discomfort.

You have been warned!

In parting. We did mention the last time that Safa are due for a freshening up of the seats at head office. Well that is certainly going to happen just as the Fifa World Cup teams check their luggage before they depart for Moscow for the world spectacle in June.

The Safa elections will be on March 24 in Gauteng. The claimants to the throne are former administrator Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana. The other is the man who once tried to assail the helm of the world football body, business magnate and politician Tokyo Mosima Sexwale.

Some wise guy sarcastically cracked that at about this time our football suddenly becomes a very attractive prospect for some failed politicians. I don’t know about that, but I am not convinced about the store of football held by both men vying for that mantle.

Lucas “Rhoo” is not even mentioned as a former footballer with a chance.

Despite he (Lucas) saying he wants to lend a hand.