Football must abandon ostrich approach

Ratanang PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Ratanang PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Football’s cosy relationship with controversy continues to rumble on unabated. There is no shoulder on the wheel to halt this unholy alliance. If anything, there seems to be more fuel to the fire which is ragging with renewed vigour. We have been dragged here once again by the now infamous Ratanang saga.

It’s not new and it’s not isolated. Football walked this path not too long ago with the Ofentse Nato saga. Where there is a will, there is a way. But are there concerted genuine efforts to pull football out of its self-made abyss? There is little to suggest there is something in this direction. Individualism over a collective reigns supreme. But football should not or does not belong to a cartel. It is a global game that belongs to all of us. It belongs to that four year old boy or girl in Kaudwane. It belongs to that 90-year-old man or woman in Kauxwi. Football is not yours, it is ours. Yes, it was entrusted to you as individual to run and not abuse. We have seen an often chaotic approach to solving the Ratanang issue.

There have been question marks as to how Township Rollers was dragged before the judicial bodies without a complainant. Thus far, there are no convincing answers to this question. As the media, we appear complicit in not holding those entrusted with the running of the game to account. We have become bystanders in a game in which we should be active participants. People look up to us to ask the uncomfortable questions, but alas, we have stood akimbo and also ask the same questions that an ordinary football stakeholder asks.

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