A former Big Bullets official recently asked me if I were following the team’s circus and what I made of it all.
My point-blank reply was that I was, at an arm’s length, following the happenings with diminished interest because, it is the same old script, albeit with new actors.
Whether it was the administration of Cifu or Bullets Holdings Limited, the script is the same: The fans, who dubiously mistake themselves for supporters, find a way of making themselves relevant by taking advantage of the team’s dismal run of form or crying foul over financial management (as is the case now).
Resignations or threats of resignations follow etc.
The Bullets’ executive committee might not be any cleaner in all this mess, but the fans cannot stand on a higher moral ground either.
What is happening at Bullets is nothing new.
After all, this committee ascended to power by joining forces with the very same fans to demonise the previous Malinda Chinyama-led committee. Now it is their turn to face the music.
And you can be certain that, behind the scenes, someone is scheming things out.
The only way to survive at Bullets or at Mighty Wanderers is to play ball by giving the fans full control of the coffers and team selection.
However, in a civilised football world, fans belong to the terraces and supporters, or ordinary shareholders, make their voices heard through annual general meetings, mounting demonstrations and shunning games.
The only way out for clubs such as Bullets is ensuring that office bearers are not elected by fans and that the clubs are run as companies.
Local clubs must have legal ownership by individuals in the same way that Kaizer Motaung owns Kaizer Chiefs of the South Africa Absa Premier League. Motaung is not elected by fans as his Johannesburg club operates as a company.
With local football, the only challenge is that football administrators always aim for positions in already established but troubled teams instead of forming their own teams as entreprenuers.