Story by The Pundit
By now, everyone is aware of the shambles that is SASCOC and their decision not to send the South African men and ladies Hockey teams to the Rio Olympics, to which they rightfully qualified according to the standards set out by the IOC.
If you read our site regularly, you’ll also know how Fikile Mbalula made it clear that he has little regard for South African Hockey and the players who represent the country (click here to read the story).
Now, as if to further show a middle finger to Hockey in South Africa, Mr Razzmatazz has gone and given R 690 000 to Orlando Pirates players for reaching the CAF Confederations Cup final, where they ultimately lost 2-1 to Etoile du Sahel in Sousse from Tunisia.
According to this article on Soccer Laduma, 23 Orlando Pirates players will each receive R30 000 for their exploits in Africa.
Mbalula’s spokesperson, Mickey Modisane, confirmed to Soccer Laduma that 23 Pirates players qualify for the money.
“Yes, it’s for excellent recognition and this is not something new. It was to say to them, as part of our annual performance plan, we have to recognise excellent performances.”
“23 Orlando Pirates players that were part of the CAF Confederation Cup have been recognised. It’s R30 000 for each one of them,” said Modisane.
Orlando Pirates also recaived a Ministerial Excellence Recognition Award from the Sport Awards before the finals – the South African Hockey teams received no such thing after winning the African Hockey Championships.
On the other hand of the spectrum, the South African Men and Ladies Hockey teams received very little recognition from anyone at SASCOC for winning the African Hockey Championships and qualifying for the Rio Olympics in the process. All they received, was to be told in no uncertain terms, that they’ll be watching the 2016 Rio Olympics from the comfort of their own homes.
While already over-paid Footballers receive more money, deserving Hockey players continue to struggle, having to pay their own way to training camps and tournaments.
The double-standards and all-round uselessness of Fikile Mbalula and everyone at SASCOC is becoming an increasing concern to me, and the message they are sending to youth of smaller sports, like Hockey, is that you have no future, no matter how hard you try.
Mbalula then took to Twitter, to argue the statements of his spokesperson: