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People who live in glass houses should NOT throw stones!

Zacharia Nale, Touchline
Zacharia Nale, Touchline

The PSL Promotion/Relegations brought a lot of memories to TOUCHLINE when Jomo Cosmos hosted Moroka Swallows and Black Leopards at the jam-packed Isak Steyl Stadium. For the first time since Vaal Professionals, otherwise known as “Vaal Monsters”, were relegated from the elite league, local soccer fans packed the stadium to capacity.
This tells you the story – Sedibeng soccer fans are starving for professional football as there is no team campaigning in the top league in this region. Moroka Swallows for the first time played in an official PSL match in this region since the relegation of Vaal Pros. Everything came to a standstill!
This game would have been even better if it was played at a bigger venue because some fans forced their way into the venue to gain free entry, but were overpowered by security personnel at the gates, seeing that the game had already started.
This will tell you something about the venues – they clearly don’t meet the PSL standard. Even if Jomo Cosmos gains promotion to PSL, this is going to be a challenge. Sharpevill’s George Thabe Stadium could have been an option but this venue too doesn’t meet PSL requirements.
To open old wounds – at one stage it was reported that R22 million was spent on upgrading the stadium but when one enters the venue, one can see that far from that amount was spent.
This is the only big stadium in this region but look at it – it’s just like an ordinary venue. Look at Orlando Stadium – that venue is the pride of Soweto, but our own George Thabe Stadium just hosts ordinary matches.
TOUCHLINE is quite aware that at one stage Moroka Swallows wanted to use the venue for the Absa Premier Soccer League games but PSL told them the venue doesn’t meet the requirements.
The truth is that we can’t blame Jomo Cosmos when they leave this region after they gain promotion because our venues don’t meet PSL standards.
Yes, we can debate this matter until the cows come home, but we as Sedibeng must improve our own sports facilities. For example, even if we can only have paraprofessional soccer teams in this region, our facilities must be top class.
If TOUCHLINE may ask again – was R22 million really spent on upgrading the George Thabe Stadium? Can somebody be honest with us and tell the Sedibeng people the truth? What happened to that R22 million? There is no point in accusing Jomo Cosmos for leaving this region while the money that was intended to improve our facility ended up in individuals’ pockets.
The fact of the matter is that somebody must held accountable for what happened with that R22 million unless we all agree that the venue is worth that amount. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Some people tell me it’s okay to misspend people’s funds with nothing being done about it. What kind of society are we?

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