THE RACE IS OVER
Congratulations to Orlando Pirates for striking the end of the tape first after thirty kilometres of a grueling 2012 ABSA Premiership race.
Congratulations also to Moroka Swallows for staging a gallant effort and coming within a whisker of capturing the trophy considering their rise from relegation threat of the previous season. They indeed drew into their deepest reserves to bring the glory of being a celebrated SOWETO outfit of erstwhile years by ensuring that all the 2012 league pride rests closer to home.
As for us, our fifth spot finish came as a result of unplanned change-room and off-the-field challenges that surfaced during the second round of the league games and cup competitions. At this stage we were lying third on the log and unfortunately plummeted immediately after instituting changes in the Technical Department in response to addressing the internal impasse that had certainly weakened our chances.
Be that as it was, we had to absorb the decisions we took and placed our trust on our assistant coaches that tackled the bull by its horns to see us through as dictated by the adversity of the circumstances that time. Admittedly we were disappointed but hopeful to assemble all lessons in preparation for the incumbent season.
This off-season will provide ample time to scrutinize all departments and make necessary adjustments moving forward. The Vodacom challenge and Carling Cup are perfect to provide platforms of assessment and planning.
As tradition holds, we close our season with Players Awards to appreciate the contribution of our team and its entire support structures. Congratulations to all players that will walk away with trophies and numerous rewards from our generous sponsors. I would however encourage all to work hard out of a desire to ignite an innate spirit of competition throughout the new season.
I would also want to thank all departments and personnel that made this season a success. I may not forget the sacrifices of all supporters as we close this season.
I would like to reiterate my disappointments over the baseless utterances of Gavin Hunt and Jose Ferreira over VODACOM’s renewal of its partnership with both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
I believe we have worked hard to raise the commercial value of our brands to warrant a justifiable capital injection by interested corporate suitors.
In the same token, we have contributed tremendously to raising the commercial value of the PSL to serve the best interest of the entire league. The fact that SuperSport (The Broadcaster) has agreed to renew the PSL broadcasting rights deal for more than R2billion is testimony to the fact that the PSL is a bankable product.
It is therefore unfortunate that the two officials could insinuate that the VODACOM renewal is intended to hurt South African soccer when our league is rated amongst the ten best run and administered in the world.
In a demonstration of a deeper understanding of the issues, I welcome Supersport the Broadcaster and Supersport United Football Club from distancing themselves from such reckless statements that smack of bitterness.
I would like to wish Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United luck when they meet in the finals of the NEDBANK Cup to bring down the curtain of the 2012 Premier League programme at Orlando Stadium. May the best team win.
Kaizer Motaung (Mr.)