Well done, Freddy!
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Quagsyou still trying to blow me ,go blow somebaddy else fellar .
You cant sneeze on this site anymore without 5 panty man giving you a tissue .So gay ...is it ok to say gay or is that politically incorrect .
I think if anything that Horner has identified here has any element of truth that it should be addressed... despite the fact that the source is Horner.
Kevin taking the criticism of the trial to Heart .Even tho none was his fault .Since he dont run the trails .
Great for Anton, he can start in a Country called Trinidad and Tobago. They have an abundant of talented players, but when we attend tournaments and fail to progress, the technical reports state that Ipods are to blame for failure.
“Like many youths in my township, Ga-Rankuwa (30km north-west of Pretoria)…. Soccer was a major part of my growing up. At the time, however, little did I know how big a role soccer would play in influencing the person that I would become. My passion for this game kept me away from undesirable extra-mural activities such as drinking and smoking, and turned me into an avid reader of soccer magazines such as Shoot, an English soccer magazine imported from Britain through the Central News Agencies (CNA). So soccer not only kept me out of trouble but it inspired me to want to be somebody one day. And what I wanted was to become a soccer player of the professional standards one read of about the teams in the English Premier Soccer clubs, such as Manchester United Football Club (MUFC). Bryan Robson, who captained MUFC and England in the eighties and early nineties for about a decade was my role model. I wanted to be him. And I knew that, as MUFC player, it would be obvious for me to be a Bafana-Bafana (South African National Soccer) team member. In fact, at the time when this dream was burning so deep inside me Bafana-Bafana was not yet born because of the Apartheid policies which made a beloved country to be isolated from global challenges of almost all sorts.
It is largely as a result of this boyhood dream to be a professional soccer player that I am presenting this paper. I did not make it to MUFC, my compatriot, Quinton Fortune, Cape Town’s Cape Flats, made it to that Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford. I did not fail to get there. I made a choice, or rather destiny chose for me to go somewhere else. Some place that when I was dreaming as a boy to go Manchester United never even occurred to my boyish mind that any one in her/his right mind would want to work there.
Role of Sports:
Sport played such an important part in the daily lives of Political Prisoners on Robben Island from the late 1960s when they won their negotiations with the Prison Authorities to allow them engage themselves in recreational activities. During the Apartheid era, sports divided the people of South Africa. Further, sports was used as weapon to fight apartheid South Africa through the Sports Boycott Campaigns. “Sport is one sector of our social life that has stood out in performing a unifying role in the years of transformation. Some of the most vividly remembered moments of celebration of our emergent new nationhood were those connected with the achievements of our national sporting teams. South Africans of all backgrounds and persuasions shared in the triumphs, such as the brave performances of our Protea cricket team, that famous World Cup victory of our Springboks rugby team [in 1995], or the glorious lifting of the African Nations Cup by Bafana-Bafana [in 1996], our national soccer team” (Nelson Mandela, Madiba’s Boys: The Stories of Lucas Radebe and Mark Fish, South Africa: New Africa Books, 2001, p.5)
I feel we can keep our deferred dream burning inside ourselves by using our love and passion for sports and particularly soccer for me, to research, write and tell our hidden histories. These histories were left---consciously and unconsciously---out of our formal education curricula, from pre-tertiary schooling to graduate and, astonishingly in some cases, also to postgraduate levels of study. "The tragedy of Africa, in racial and political terms [has been] concentrated in the southern tip of the continent - in South Africa, Namibia, and, in a special sense, Robben Island"(Oliver Reginald Tambo). Robben island history, particularly of political imprisonment, which sweeps about 40 years –1960 to 1991 – is, without doubt, one such untold chronicle(s). Soccer my dream deferred is, for me, a powerful vehicle to narrate, not only the accounts of anti-apartheid struggles. But perhaps more fundamentally for our generation, to write and re-write the histories of our birth country. Because it is certain that a lot of work still needs to be done to close this gap. And particularly by the African people themselves who “are desperately in need of access to histories about themselves---written in clear, unspecialized, demystifying language---that confirm their humanity and show a more balanced picture of [themselves] in South Africa. But also [they must be] convinced about the possibilities of conducting historical research from an African-centred perspective” (Atkins, Keletso E., The Moon Is Dead! Give Us Our Money! The Cultural Origins of an African Work Ethic, Natal, South Africa, 1843-1900).
Shula Marks is right "it is a curious irony that while probably more has been written about South Africa than about any other country in Africa, very little has been written by historians of South Africa about the history of the majority of its population" (Shula Marks, “Historians of South Africa”, in ed. J. D. Fage, Africa Discovers Her Past, London: Oxford University Press, 1970).
“Ruud Gullit: Soccer, Racism and Apartheid”
I was introduced to RUUD GULLIT by my passionate reading of my favourite British soccer magazines, Shoot. At the time I did not know his name. It was this quotation that aroused my interest in him: “I am also an anti-apartheid supporter and I dedicated my World and European Footballer of the Year award to Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned ANC leader.”
The year was 1987. The quotation was inserted into a picture of a dreadlocked male singer with a microphone situated just in front of his mouth. His left hand was raised in the form of a fist, which had, over the years, came to represent and be associated with the ‘amandla ngawethu’ (‘power [belongs] to us’) signature and salutation of the African National Congress (ANC). Something about this singer caught my attention. It was not his dreadlocks: “I am aware that many people dislike the name “dreadlocks” because they assume it’s negative. I like, even enjoy, the word “dreadlocks” because whenever I use it I find myself in bemused dialogue with African ancestors on several continents æ those of our people who grew to dislike their own hair because its uniqueness was unappreciated by the flat-haired people who conquered them and who decreed their own physical characteristics the norm.”
But the writing in white and capital letters that was on the front of his black T-shirt: "STOP APARTHEID".
I found this a very bold and striking statement. I mean, having grown up under apartheid, there was no way I could avoid being struck by that pronouncement. Perhaps another reason I found it so powerful and influential was the fact that I, despite my burning desire to be a professional footballer, had undertaken a decision to go to an institution of higher learning, with history, and later on with political science, as my majors.
At the time of seeing that picture in 1987, I did not know who the dreadlocked person was. I just assumed he was a singer because of the manner of his posing and appearance in that photo. And mind you, I was knowledgeable, thanks to the Shoot magazines, about the British footballers, such as Bryan Robson, who was at the time both the captain of his club, MUFC, and his country, England.
Later on, after some years, I got to know the name behind the locks. Gradually I became aware of the man’s impact, not only on the football stadiums of the world, but of his thoughts and comments on what W.E.B. Du Bois considered the problem of the twentieth century, racism. I began asking myself why I did not know him, while I knew almost all of the British soccer players. I am going to argue here that part of the answer to that question can be found in the legacy of British colonialism. In his Address to the Joint Houses of Parliament of the United Kingdom, then - President Nelson Mandela focused on this British colonialism, in which he “gently but firmly reminded Britons yesterday that it was their colonisation in the 18th century that sowed the seeds of white supremacy in South Africa.”
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) fed South African citizens with soccer programs that highlighted English Premier Soccer League on a weekly basis, as if the rest of the footballing world did not exist. It seemed normal and I think we took it for granted that we did not know much about the other football-playing nations, particularly those that Britain did not colonise. Holland for instance, and in this case study for example, Ruud Gullit has a different cultural background to those of the English players. Ruud’s nationality is Dutch, and was the time 1987/1988 season, playing for AC Milan F.C. in the Italian Soccer League, passionately and commonly known as ‘Seria A.’
In 1995 I registered for a MA History Research degree at the University of Natal, Durban. That same year, Gullit made a transfer move that shocked the footballing world. He left the Italian League's Sampdoria Football Club for England's less famous and reputable London-based club, Chelsea F.C. He joined Chelsea as a player. And when their Manager, Glen Hoddle, was appointed to the head coach of the English team, Glen, with the support of Chelsea Football Club, recommended that Ruud be appointed as a Player-Manager. Gullit’s move to London was significant for me in that when Gullit relocated to England, suddenly I had access to the guy and information about him as if he had relocated to South Africa. The media, both print and electronic, provided more coverage about Ruud once he was in London than it was the case when he was in the Netherlands, his country of birth, or while he was playing football in Italy. 1996 saw the publication of his biography, Ruud Gullit: Portrait of A Genius, in England. I purchased it in Durban's Adams Bookshop early in January 1997, that its reading provided me with the much needed escape from the punishing aspect of struggling to write my MA thesis. I bought it because ever since I saw his 1987/88 “STOP APARTHEID” public stand, there was always this fascination within me for this unique footballer. For me, he seemed to stand out of the crowd of his footballing generation, and I was curious to learn more about his background. It was through reading that book that I realised that the 1987 photograph which introduced him to me was in fact the inception in my mind of that doctoral proposal paper. My aim had always been to find out what made Ruud, a footballer, make that courageous stand to support South Africa's struggle against apartheid and our struggle for freedom. I was not disappointed because the reasons were there in his biography, and here is just one that in my opinion is central.
"Gullit’s first confrontation with the hostilities against black people came when he was a 13-year-old schoolboy. With one of his friends, he had been hanging around in a big store. Like many naughty boys of that age, his friend had wanted to pinch a bar of chocolate. After approaching the shelf three or four times, his friend did not have the courage and Ruud decided to leave the shop. As they went through the door, a security man stopped them and took Ruud to the police. He was accused of shoplifting. The other boy was not even asked what he had been up to. Only Ruud Gullit was arrested - because he was black." The argument I am building here is that, from that tender age of 13, Gullit’s conscience was awakened to racial prejudice in his own society, which he said: “That was my first direct experience with racism, and I can tell you, it wasn’t an easy thing to cope with. It was a totally bemusing experience, and I think I grew up a bit quicker as a result of it. It was certainly a turning point for me, because I started to realise what the real world was all about.”
Here, I think, it is also worth reflecting on the composition of his national soccer squad. The Dutch team reached the finals of the World Cup in 1974 and 1978, but did not have a single black Dutch player in the squad. Consequently, in 1982 Ruud Gullit became the first black player to represent his country when he made his international debut on his 19th birthday. This was fundamentally important for, “n Ruud Gullit, black people in the Netherlands, and throughout Europe, had a successful sportsman to look up to. A star who was prepared to fight against Apartheid and to campaign for all the black people in the world.”
For that very reason, for many of us who were born under apartheid, the personality of Ruud Gullit has a very similar significance to that which Gullit himself, writing in 1996 attaches to that of Madiba: "Mandela means so much to me and to other young people in the world. He was arrested in 1962 which is the same year that I was born. It is hard to imagine that someone was in prison almost all the time that I was alive."
When I played, I received racial abuse but I was just one of a few black players and we weren’t backed up by the authorities. Now there are so many at the top of their profession and they have the backing of important people.
I used to ignore the abuse and felt powerless to change attitudes.My only weapon was my performances on the pitch and I am proud to have played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, as well as winning the European Footballer of the Year and World Footballer of the Year awards.
Players won’t take that type of abuse anymore. We had to because we had no backing, so I told myself that it was just happening because I was different. I felt I could tackle it by playing well. I looked different but, if I played well, I was accepted.
I used the racist abuse in a positive way. I thought people were afraid of me so I used it as my motivation.
- Ruud Gullit
“I am also an anti-apartheid supporter and I dedicated my World and European Footballer of the Year award to Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned ANC leader.” - Ruud Gullit
“I admired Nelson Mandela for many reasons, but not necessarily just because I’m black. My mother is white, I am her son, and I’ve met a lot of white people I ‘ve admired too. - Ruud Gullit
"When I speak about racism, or Yaya Toure or Kevin-Prince Boateng speak, everyone knows what to expect," he said.
"But if tomorrow all the white players from Manchester City say that from now on if something happens we will refuse to go back out on to the pitch, and if the players from AC Milan, from Inter Milan and from all the big clubs say the same thing, you'll soon see that we'll find a solution."
- Lilian Thuram
FIFA.com: You’re known as someone who’s always made a stand against racism. Has that determination to fight it always been in you or was it triggered by an incident you experienced as a player?
Roque Junior: Well, basically I think it’s all to do with my own background. I come from a family where everyone’s black, on both sides, and which has long suffered racism. When my grandfather, who died this February at the age of 97, arrived in my home town (Santa Rita do Sapucai, in the state of Minas Gerais) way back when, black people were only allowed to walk around the outside of the main square, while whites could walk in the middle. He was the first person from outside to break with all that, in a small rural town where racism was rife. So I’ve always had that awareness because of my family. I was born into a family that spoke about it, a family that was making a statement: that black people could achieve things, that there were no differences and that we could enjoy being who we are, end of story. I had that very clear in my mind because I experienced prejudice from an early age and I always knew how to handle it.
The reason i asked that is because i used to follow UCLA when Jill Ellis was the Coach,she is also from Virginia,we both worked for a Company called Soccer Academy which her father owned,her father was at one time the assist Coach of the US women's national team,she eventually went on to coach the US under 23 and is now the director of US Women's Youth development Programs.Who is the present Coach of UCLA?
Amanda Cromwell. She has Virginia connections. Maybe allyuh crossed paths.
Who is the present Coach of UCLA?
QuoteGuaya United coach Ron La Forest has vowed to attack DIRECTV W Connection with everything he has as the two outfits prepare to do battle again.
The last one we played, we were more cautious; (but) now that we have a fair idea of what they have, we will be more open. We will hit them with what got us this far; and that is when we attack, we attack with full force.
Dat is typical Ron La.
A canny team will lash dem on de counter
bless his heart, the man have no guile whatsoever.
that and overconfidence is bad news against a savvy outfit like Connection. ron feel is Angostura or House of Dread he playing against.