The true definition of an adult

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I HAVE not followed local football since my favourite team Sekamaneng Young Stars were booted from the top-flight league.
But having been a staunch follower of that team, I’m sure you believe me when I say I know bad football when I see it.
And I know everything else ugly about the beautiful game.
I can tell you without blinking that Butha-Buthe Roses is an embarrassingly misnamed football team that is playing terrible soccer these days.
How can a team whose name sounds like a nursery or a flower shop expect to win the league?
I also know ridiculous football decisions when I see them.
The Premier League management committee made one such pathetic decision last week when they ordered a replay of the Matlama versus Lioli match that was abandoned due to violence at Pitso Ground. 
Only an intoxicated judge can make such a biased decision and still remain with a clear conscience.
The match was abandoned with only 13 minutes to the final whistle and Matlama were leading 3-0.
Why should there be a full rematch when the result was already very clear at the time the fixture was called off?
Are we to believe that Matlama are being punished because their supporters celebrated the third goal so much that it angered Lioli fans?
Or that Lioli fans are being rewarded for being sore losers?
Granted, Lioli are a good team but they played trash at Pitso Ground.
Even the most overzealous of their faithful know they had no chance of winning that game even if they had the most potent voodoo from the best sangoma in this country.
You don’t need to be a sorcerer to realise that a replay, even on the moon, disadvantages Matlama greatly because that means their three goals amounted to nothing.
A fair judgment would have been for the teams to finish off the 13 minutes that were remaining when some eggheads interfered with play.
Ordering a replay creates an immoral precedent that hooliganism at matches will be rewarded with replays. 
Lefa has entered the mediocrity arena again.
Without an iota of shame the football body decided that Lesotho will not be at the 2012 African Nations Cup finals.
These are the same administrators who pulled our league teams out of continental club competitions citing some flimsy reasons.
Lefa’s acting chief executive Mokhosi Mohapi said Lesotho had not been registered for the Nations Cup because they were not good enough and that hosting matches was too expensive.
Our football is indeed damned in the hands of the current Lefa leadership.
We are being denied a chance to watch Likuena in action because some people have suddenly discovered that the team is “not good enough”.
Oh my God!
Where did we get such people to run our football?
Why are we so cursed to have such administrators?
Perhaps there is something logical happening here.
Look at it this way: for years we have changed players, teams and coaches but our fortunes have not improved. 
Now that we have stopped Likuena from playing in Africa perhaps it’s time we changed the administrators.
I mean they are the only ones who have not been changed so regularly.
Do I hear some grumblings from the Bambata Tsita arena?
That minister sister of mine must withhold the annual M1 million budget allocation to Lefa until they tell her what they have done to deserve it.
Fifa too must withhold the annual US$240 000 they give to Lefa until they tell us what else they are doing for football apart from drawing salaries.
Scrutator had not elicited such anger since she chastised some pseudo-journalist-cum-lecturer a couple of months ago.
Those kids from our glorified high school they call NUL are annoyed with me for daring to mention that there is going to be a baby boom at their campus.
I got their goat and they are breathing fire.
They want me to call them adults.
My foot!
Now listen carefully children: adults fend for themselves.
They don’t cry crimson tears every time Manpower grants are delayed.
For as long as you rub your hands with glee every time those grants come then you are still children.
In any case it’s not my problem that some of you went to school late and are therefore walking into those NUL gates when they are about to reach retirement age.
It’s not my problem, too, that some of you were busy supplementing those simple COSC exams instead of going to NUL straightaway.
That anaemic online publication was frothing on the mouth this week after newly appointed Judge John Lyons refused to entertain their request for an interview.
“Judge snubs media,” said the website on its front-page story.
But since when has a small, elitist and insignificant website become “the media”?
In fact, where else in the world have you seen judges granting interviews to the media?
That was not all.
The cardinal rule in journalism is that there are certain things that one cannot write, no matter how juicy the story might sound, unless you have irrefutable evidence that the story is true.
Even when you think you have a scoop but do not have any documentation or hard evidence to lean on, you drop the story.
When a minister wants to resign, that is certainly a big story as long as the journalist has irrefutable evidence that the story is true.
Journalism ain’t fiction guys!
“Unconfirmed reports indicate that the minister (name supplied), is mulling resigning from cabinet for personal reasons which have made her uncomfortable continuing to serve as a cabinet minister,” gushed the rumour mill.
“An anonymous source” then claims the minister had been mulling resigning from cabinet since December last year.
But the embarrassing stuff was that there was no one “to confirm the alleged resignation”.
“Several attempts to . . . confirm the alleged resignation were unsuccessful.”
A minister’s resignation is not done in a Nicodemus manner guys.
There is nothing called an “alleged resignation”.

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