A Time for Reckoning and Reform

By Obayiuwana, Osasu | New African, August-September 2010 | Go to article overview

A Time for Reckoning and Reform


Obayiuwana, Osasu, New African


It's agonising to say that I told you so but I sounded the warning bells on this page several months ago.

Expecting African football to ascend a new plateau of World Cup performance, without methodical planning and professional management from our administrators, is like waiting for pigs to fly over the moon.

Having five out of our six teams eliminated in the opening round of the "African World Cup" provided comical amusement and ammunition to our detractors, who believe, with good reason, that the majority of our football bureaucrats cannot organise a booze-up in a brewery.

South Africa deserves all the applause for the excellent manner in which the tournament was organised but our wretched form on the pitch--with the solitary exception of Ghana's Black Stars - was an absolute disgrace, an affront to the wealth of world-class talent that should earn the African game a permanent place at the table of the game's elite.

Ghana's quarter-final run was, thankfully, the loin cloth that spared us from the utter humiliation of World Cup nakedness.

Twenty years after Cameroon's Indomitable Lions became the first African team, at Italia '90, to reach the last eight, we remain stuck in the same place, with no clue as to when there'll be anything new to savour. …

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