While watching Mamelodi Sundowns dispatch Black Leopards 2-1 to reclaim the top spots, I could not help but notice and accept a fact I had refused to, about the South African football.
As I usually do not see the same match as everyone else, Teko Modise is a true reflection of South African football. For his sheer raw talent, which cannot be developed any further, sadly, the Brazilians’ play maker should be the country’s Messi.
At Orlando Pirates his form almost got people talking that way. Teko makes wrongs choices when it comes to execution of 100%of his technique. A friend always told me about this and I ignored it even during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when the player could not bury the Mexican just because of that wrong choice.
That runs down the rest of the players in the league, but by contrast, the Zimbabweans seem to have their junior development structures going somewhere, if you compare with Nyasha Mushekwi and former Kaizer Chiefs talisman, German-based Knowledge Musona.
Talking of Chiefs, their parting with Valdimir Vermesovic has been in the stars for all of us to see, but the timing was wild. Unless ordered by a traditional healer, it was very bizarre.
The club’s excuse was that both parties would have enough time to prepare for next season. At first I thought it had something to do with money, but then, whose money?
Termination of the contract at this point, a few months before the actual expiry of his 3 year deal would mean the Glamour Boys would have to pay him a substantial amount for breach.
If that was sorted out by the technicality of next season preparation, well, maybe VV was gentleman enough to say he failed and he was leaving. In that case, he may have pocketed his pension and the rest of his benefits and Chiefs saved themselves some termination payments.
There is a chance he stuck to his guns, as I would have. Kaizer Chiefs still have a chance to win the league. They won the league several times with almost the last kick of the season. With that valid excuse, he may have stuck with his story until Chiefs agreed to a cool sum to sever the relationship.
The Naturena boys may have not payed that amount no matter what VV could come up with; unless they had assurance they were making the right decision. How right could such a bizarre decision be?
Chiefs are thinking like Chelsea Football Club of England. They are hoping for the same fortunes. While Roberto Di Matteo pulled off attractive results after Andre Villas-Boas was fired under the same cloud, Ace Khuse and Doctor Khumalo may just have as much magic touch.
The gamble may pay-off as teams always go a gear up after a regime change. In cases where that luck eludes them, the end product may be catastrophical. There may be other things we do not know, but if there is some truth in these lines, the cut and paste policy of this league will see the ABSA Premiership go down, down, down.