- Category: Sports Snippets
- Written by Michael Mmeya
Given the information that has come in public domain regarding how unprofessional some football coaches have conducted themselves, one can only ignore the problem at his or her own peril.
While it cannot be denied that there are some rotten eggs in our basket of referees, I think we should tread carefully to avoid breaking the unrotten eggs in the basket. My point is that it is not all our referees who are profiteering on the whistle. Some still have their reputations intact and the way forward must be to smoke out the bad elements and build on the strength of the good ones. Good people, running around the football pitch for 90 minutes and more is not manual work whose price should be decided just at the toss of the coin. Though football officiation is a part-time occupation, its gains must be lucrative to attract the professionalism it deserves. Otherwise, as we decry the current poor standards, we must put ourselves in the shoes of those referees to feel the temptations that poverty attracts for them in the face of the hard work they do. So, if we want good football, let us not be mean with the resources.
Tell Kamwendo patience pays
The other time, there was confusion over Joseph Kamwendoâ€™s trip to Turkey, Thailand and another unimaginable country and all was attributed to breakdown in communication. This week, I heard a similar story; and about the same Kamwendo, on his effort to return to South Africa. I was left wondering whether Kamwendo realises that Malawian football followers are sick and tired of his stories. His moves smack of desperation to regain lost glory which is not yet ready to be regained. He might want to try to believe in patience which has worked wonders for others.