14th Oct2013

Young Bafana hold Morocco.

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Motlalepula Maduna looks at the recent football friendly played between South Africa and Morocco.

mm1Bafana Bafana continued their unbeaten record against Morocco by playing to a 1-1 draw on Friday night at the newly built and packed Agadir Stadium in Morocco. Both nations have failed to qualify for the last round of the 2014 World Cup qualifications and Bafana seemingly used this game to build for the future. The game got to a frantic start and Bafana captain and goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune was called to duty as early as the 5th minute to produce a fine save from an equally well taken header just outside the edge of the area by Youssef El Arabi. In the game where Gordon Ingesund introduced several new and young blood in the team, the team showed determination despite the hostile crowd being against them. It was an ideal return for midfielder Daylen Classen in the national team set up after being absent for years as he set up striker Tokelo Rantie in the 8th minute to fire the visitors into an early lead.

Morocco attempts on goal were well dealt by Khune on one hand, and on the other, Bafana continued their impressive display after the goal and nearly doubled their lead when Wits captain, who was debuting for his country, was put through on goal and forced a saved from the Moroccan goalkeeper in the near post. Morocco showed more hunger to equalize in the second half especially after the introduction of their skilful and well-travelled Abel Taarabt who caused all sorts of troubles for Bafana left back Tsepo Masilela, who was later substituted by another debutant in the name of Kgosi Nthle. Morocco attacks on Bafana goals would finally pay off 5 minutes into the second half and it came courtesy of a well taken set-piece which was finished off by El Adoua. The game seemed to be losing its rhythm later on in the second half as both coaches made several changes to their squad, Bafana notably not being as sharp and threatening as they were in first 45minutes.

South Africa however managed to hold on against Morocco and continued with impressive record having won two games and drawn three against their North African counterparts. All in all, the friendly definitely served its purpose as players such as Ayanda Patosi, Kgosi Nthle and Sibusiso Vilakazi were all handed their first caps while Siyanda Xulu and Daylen Classen not only got a rare call up but also played the entire 90 minutes. Worth noting is that Bafana oldest player on the night was 28 years old, signalling the plan Ingesund has been preaching with regards to  building a young formidable team for the 2015 Nations Cup to be held in Morroco and FIFA World Cup in Russia 3 years later.

07th Oct2013

Stars too bright for Bucs

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Motlalepula Maduna looks at the recent final of the MTN8 football tournament.

dd47fd5227232bccba6afd57498272e2Last week Saturday, Platinum Stars defied all odds by recording one of the major upset in the MTN8 tournament history by defeating favourites Orlando Pirates on penalties at a rain soaked Moses Mabhida stadium. Buoyed by their 2-1 aggregate over bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs on heritage day, fans and pundits alike tipped the mighty Buccaneers to triumph against Platinum Stars, even overlooking Stars convincing 6-3 win aggregate over BIDVest Wits in the semi-final the same day. One could understand the overconfidence shown by Pirates supporters and their assistant coach in pre-match interviews leading to the finale of Wafa-Wafa considering the fact that, leading to this game, Stars had only won twice against Orlando Pirates throughout their existence, but as Free-State Stars coach once said, ‘statistics are like bikini, they don’t reveal anything.’ The Phokeng based side have now proved to be a strong reference to such as they threw the history books out of the window to claim their second silverware since joining the PSL.

0f12cf0c2d39818e7fd261aec7f8848f109Stars started the game on the front foot and were clearly looking for an early goal to unsettle their opponents. Although they lost a little momentum after 20minutes, they went on to score early in the second half courtesy of arguably the star of the tournament Robert Ng’ambi. After conceding the goal, Pirates showed a lot more sense of urgency going forward and created numerous chances but were let down by poor finishing, decision making and some would argue, poor officiating too as Kermit Erasmus goal was controversially ruled offside. With the clock ticking fast, Pirates firing blanks and Stars switching to a more defensive mode, it looked as though the game would end in a 1-0 score line until it took an individual brilliance from Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba to strike from distance with six minutes remaining from time to force the game into extra time.

The extra time saw little action in front of goals but Stars looked threating going forward after the introduction of veteran Henrico Botes while Pirates created half chances which were finished waywardly by the likes of Lennox Bacela and Joseph Molangoane who had, arguably, the best chance on extra-time. The game eventually led to the dreaded penalty kicks and it couldn’t get any more dramatic and unpredictable. Maestro Andile Jali was the only Pirates player to convert from the penalty spot. Rooi Mahamutsa, Ndumiso Mabena and Lennox Bacela were a typical example for budding football stars on how not to take a penalty kick as they all missed their kicks, much to the dismay of their fans who were the majority, despite the gloomy weather, at the world class Mabhida stadium. Bucs stopper Senzo Meyiwa saved former teammate Takesure Chinyama penalty but it proved to be ‘too little too late’ as skipper Vuyo Mere, Henrico Botes and Mogakolodi Ngele made no mistake and scored which resulted in Platinum Stars deservedly winning the game 3-1 on penalties to be crowned the 2013/2014 MTN8 champions.

23rd Sep2013

Pirates Book ACL Semi-Final Spot

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Motlalepula Maduna looks at the African Champions League matches that took place this past weekend.

mm1After a dismal qualifying campaign which saw South African national football team failing to reach the last round of qualifiers for Brazil 2014 World Cup, Orlando Pirates seems to have restored some pride of South African football after qualifying for African Champions League (ACL) semi-finals following a goalless draw against Egyptian giants and defending champions, Ah-Ahly played at the Orlando stadium.  Included in the group deemed to be the ‘group of death’, Pirates had to overcome African football super powers like Ah-Ahly, Zamalek, emerging giants AC leopards, not to forget their famous battle against TP-Mazembe in the last sixteen of the competition.

The Buccaneers went into this game needing at-least a draw to stand a chance of reaching the semi-finals of the competition. The last time they advanced this far in the tournament was in 2006 until Tunisian outfit CS Sfaxien knocked them out 1-0 on aggregate. Pirates, as expected started the game brightly but lacked the ‘killer instinct’ up front while their opponents were just happy to sit at the back since they only needed a point to top the group. The home-side were then dealt a major blow after news that AC Leopard have taken the lead against Zamalek, who had nothing to play for except pride, in the game played concurrently. This meant that Pirates were on their way out of Africa’s prestigious tournament; however the football ‘Gods’ seemed to be with the team known as the ‘Sea Robbers’ as Zamalek not only drew level but also took the lead in the dying minutes of the first half.

mm2The early stages of the second half saw both teams venturing forward but without success of finding the back of the net. The main culprits for Pirates being Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Daine Klate who both missed one-on-one chances while on the other game, the Leopards onslaught continued in El Gouna stadium. The news that Zamalek were leading 4-1 seemed to have somewhat affected the rhythm and pace of the game in Orlando Stadium as the team approached the game with caution seemingly content with the draw which would see the teams reaching the last four of the competition. This result mean that Pirates finished second in Group A and will now face Tunisian Giants Esperance, who finished as leaders in Group B. The first leg of the match will take place on the weekend of 5/6 October in Orlando Stadium.

09th Sep2013

EFF not glamorous enough for the Sushi Kingi?

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Motlalepula Maduna looks at Kenny Kunene’s departure from the EFF.

676x380The resignation of Kenny Kunene from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) a few weeks ago may be described as being ‘typical’ when looking at the nature of South African politics. With the countdown to the 2014 general elections fast approaching, the party was dealt a major blow (or not) , when Kunene, asked to be relieved off his duties from the Julius Malema led party. The reasons for Kunene’s resignation is still not yet clear and the party official response was not convincing either. Their spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opted to praise Kunene’s contribution to the party instead of highlighting the root of the resignation. This left space for wild and unfounded speculations in the media. Some believed and claimed that Kunene’s personality was not ideal for the party’s ambitions while others claimed/believed that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) were starting to sniff around the businessman’s dealings hence he decided to distance himself from the party whose leader is under scrutiny from SARS.

However, Kunene’s departure is not as surprising as him deciding to join the political field in the first place given his controversial reputation including his infamous parties characterized by sushi’s being eating from half naked women. Given Kunene’s silence regarding this whole saga, it can be argued that perhaps politics did not go down well with the man’s life-style. Perhaps him joining the party was an impulsive decision triggered by his scathing open letter to the country’s president few weeks before he decided to join the EFF.

B031F4E1CF9250CE5DD4114812F9D4_h498_w598_m2So what does this mean for the EFF as a party? Some will argue that there is now little difference, if any, between them and COPE (Congress of the People’s Party) who broke away from the ruling party before experiencing internal conflicts which resulted in key members resigning from the party and the party eventually not doing as well as it was expected in the polls. On the flip-side, and having listened to Julius Malema weeks ago on Metro FM declaring that even Kenny Kunene is not safe from EFF’s policies which aims at taking the economy to ordinary citizens, it can therefore be argued that the party is taking no prisoners by being very strict and determined in its endeavour of making South Africa economically free. Moreover, given the responses from both sides, Kunene’s departure from EFF seems to be amicable, unlike those seen in COPE.

19th Aug2013

Nasir Jones: The difference between the real and the fake.

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Motlalepula Maduna looks at rapper Nas and more broadly the coverage Hip Hop gets in the media.

nas_1The past weeks have been huge for the Hip-Hop community amid the controversial and the much talked about Kendrick Lamar’s verse featured on Big Sean’s ‘Control’ track. While there have been few hostile responses to the former’s claims of being the ‘King of both Coast’ and dismissing fellow friends in the name of ‘competition’, one individual who is dubbed to be the King of New York, by the people, has so far distanced himself from what is arguably the oldest form of trick in hip-hop. Veteran rapper Nasir Jones, better known as Nas might not be self-acclaimed king of New York like Kendrick Lamar, but unlike the rookie, the veteran is using his influence to do good deeds with regard to the most important factor in the careers of rappers-the supporters. The media has often depicted Hip-Hop as one genre of senseless bragging, with recurring videos of expensive houses and cars, half naked women and rappers throwing cash in the air. It is no surprise then that little coverage was given to the news of Nas raising over $40000 in less than a week for an unemployed and soon to be homeless single father of 8.

The Queens Bridge rapper made use of his twitter account to mobilize support for the family of DC and the response was too overwhelming given the fact that it surpassed the original target of $20000. This prompted Nas to double the amount his followers raised. Every cent counted as some of Nas’ followers were only able to donate $.0.80. What one observes about this whole situation, as noted, is the coverage of media, or the lack thereof. In such developments, conscious Hip-Hop artist such as Nas and Papoose have often aired their frustration in the depiction and commercialization of hip-hop by media, which promulgate certain stereotypes around the culture and life of black Americans. The fact that inspirational music from rappers such Papoose is given less attention compared to the likes of 2chains and Lil’Wayne and the fact that a mere verse from an artist can generate so much attention over something as big, life changing and inspirational seen in the Nas story depicts the manner in which media constructs events and programme people in a manner that the media want them to.

Fans might argue that the essence of the Hip-Hop game is exactly the Lamar scenario, competiveness and lyrical battles, which is partly true although one does not necessarily need to be in conflict with fellow friends/rappers to achieve success. There is however a thin line between a lie and truth, and one needs to look no further than to see who is the ‘King of New York’ based on what Kendrick Lamar said, and what Nas actually did.

19th Aug2013

Double Dose of Derby of Delight

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Motlalepula Maduna looks at the semi-final draw for the MTN8 tournament.

chiefs-pirates7Some will argue that the MTN8 clash between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will make sponsors and neutral supporters the happiest considering the large crowd the two teams attract whenever locking horns. While a “dream final” would have been ideal for both set of supporters, they will find comfort in the fact that the second biggest derby in Africa will take place twice in just a space of a month, the first leg of the clash scheduled to take place this Saturday at the FNB stadium with Chiefs hosting the game. This will not be the first time the two teams meet in this stage in the same competition. In 2010 Pirates triumphed 2-1 on aggregate in the two legged semi-final en-route to their unprecedented first treble. They then defeated their bitter rival by a solitary extra-time goal the next season year, again in the MTN8 tournament. Chiefs, however, will, arguably, go into this titanic clash as favourites given their recent performance which saw them claiming their double cup this season. Additionally, the last encounter between the two teams resulted in the Amakhosi beating Pirates by a Majoro lone goal to clinch their first ever Carling Black Label trophy. With that being said though, the nature of derbies over the years have proven to be unpredictable with pundits noting the fact that past performance play little role in a derby, essentially, the best team that wants it the most on the day will likely prevail as winners.

493e488777222760eb9b122d7b73aa2cThe other teams fighting for the final spot is Bidvest Wits and Phokeng based, Platinum Stars. With the semi-final derby between Chiefs and Pirates dubbed as “final before final”, Wits appear to be the dark horse of the competition. With the guidance of the upbeat Gavin Hunt, the ‘Clever Boys’ will fancy their chances of reaching the finals at the expense of a fairly impressive Platinum Stars who on the other hand would love to repeat last season’s success in the PSL.

The first legs of the semi-finals will take place in the week of 24/25 August; the final will take place four days after the 2nd semi-final clashes that are scheduled to the place on the 24th of September.

All in all, football fans, pundits alike and the soccer community in general expects two tough, exciting and fair encounters leading to the wrap of the richest tournament in African history thus far.

12th Aug2013

Favorites March On

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Motlalepula Maduna looks at recent MTN8 football matches that took place.

mtn8_banner_522x200This past week saw attention shifting from the Premier Soccer League to one of the country’s most prestigious football tournaments, the MTN8. The league’s top eight clubs from last season squared off and it was a case of the usual suspects advancing to the next round. Bidvest Wits, Platinum Stars and Kaizer Chiefs convincingly defeated Bloemfontein Celtic, Free-State Stars (FFS) and University of Pretoria respectively. It was not as easy though for the fourth set of two, Orlando Pirates, as they had to come back from a goal down twice to force the match into penalties which they eventually ran out 4-3 winners over Super Sport United.

The action kicked off on Friday night were Gavin Hunt’s Wits took on Celtics. Two goals in a space of three minutes gave Wits the advantage despite being reduced to ten men late in the second half. The final nail to the coffin came courtesy of the talented Papy Faty ensuring that the team which is affectionally known as the ‘Clever Boys’, book their  spot in the semi-finals.

Platinum Stars, showed positive signs post life without their last season’s influential members, namely Coach Cavaan Johnson and former captain Thuso Phala, by knocking out the team from the Free State. Goals from Benson Mhlongo, Siphelele Mthembu and Mogakolodi Ngele completed the demolition of Platinum Stars over Free State Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday afternoon.

060b6c80c4a0453eb3fcaefe3d18b742We would later, on Saturday evening, witness the same score line in the game between last season’s double champions, Kaizer Chiefs, against their ‘hoodoo’ team, University of Pretoria. It  took less than ten minutes for Kaizer Chiefs to register their first goal via the boot of defender Tefo Mashamaite. Molomuwadawo Mathoho joined his fellow defender in the score sheet in the second half and a nice interchange of passes was finished off by Siphiwe Tshabala to register Chiefs first win over AmaTuks.

Arguably the game of the week was between Pirates and Super Sport on Sunday afternoon in the battle for the last spot left in the MTN8 semi-finals. Pirates were looking to avenge their 3-nil drubbing from last season’s MTN8 semi-finals but their hopes were, however, dealt a setback when versatile defender Thabo Matlaba headed the ball in his own net to give Super Sport United an unlikely lead. Lennox Bacela opened his scoring account for the Buccaneers earlier on in the second to level matters and subsequently lead the game into extra time. Super Sport striker Mame Niang’s height proved to be handful and eventually paid dividends in the early stages of extra time when he set up Thuso Phala who unselfishly passed Gabonamong to slot the ball home and give them the lead. It looked as though history would repeat itself until Bacela struck the ball in the back of the net in the dying minutes of the game to complete his brace and force the game into penalties. The penalties resulted in both goalkeepers saving one apiece. Former Super Sport captain Thabo September’s spot kick struck the middle of the cross bar while Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi made no mistake as he scored his team’s last penalty kick  to ensure that last season’s league top four teams advance to the semi-final stages.

The draw for the remaining matches are set to take place on Monday the 12th of August.

05th Aug2013

Whistling out against referees

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Motlalepula Maduna looks at the role of referees in football.

Lwandile-Mfiki-130428-Gestures-BPP-300The Premier Soccer League (PSL) action resumed this past weekend much to the delight of football fanatics and pundits. While most focus has, and is normally shifted to players fitness and readiness after the long break, less attention has actually been given to the most important people running the sport; the referees. PSL soccer will have to do without the services of several popular names in the refereeing circle after some of them failed the necessary fitness tests. If the poor display by the current PSL referee of the season in the Carling Black Label Cup is anything to go by, then referees are bound to negatively take centre stage in the Absa Premiership race.

©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePixI am particularly against the assigning of South African referees in big games such as the derby given the nature of such matches. Leagues across the world have opted to appoint international referees in matches involving bitter rivals to avoid ‘mistakes’ which often incites unsporting behaviour from the fans and proves to be very decisive in the long run. A match like Soweto derby, which literally divides the nation into two, should not be officiated by a local referee. Match officials are human beings before anything and their involvement in the game depicts the love for it. Therefore, it is likely that at some point in their lives they did support either Pirates/Chiefs and so clear intention might not be there. One could thus argue that one does not need to be a psychologist to note that subconsciously, favouritism is bound to sway some decisions especially given the high tempo of the game. It is no wonder then that most Soweto derbies have been officiated in a controversial fashion, the latest incident being the Carling Black Label Cup where a blatant offside goal was allowed which saw Kaizer Chiefs defeating their bitter arch-rivals by an odd goal to nil.

The Soweto derby is a popular example of the poor quality of refereeing currently characterizing the PSL. While acknowledging the fact that the ‘human factor’ will always play a role in football, consistent ‘errors’ are, however, not acceptable. This then emphasizes the need to introduce the use of technology in professional games to minimise the scenario because the less said about the current referees committee, the better. Additionally, severe and transparent penalties need to also be enforced on match officials because this notion of ‘a referee’s decision being final’ has cost teams maximum points and coaches’ jobs. A lot of emphasis (i.e. proper training and descent salaries) should be given to match officials. With that being said, and with the Absa Premiership now in full swing, one would hope that the actual football being played would generate more discussions than the man in the middle with the whistle.

20th May2013

Chiefs end eight-year league drought….and Fitting Football Farewell For Fergie…

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Motlalepula Maduna recaps the results of various global football leagues.

Kaizer-Chiefs-130518-Champions-G-620Despite ending the season poorly with only one win in their last six games, maximum points accumulated from the start of the season proved to be enough for Kaizer Chiefs to see them clinching their third league title since the inception of the Premier Soccer League (PSL). The Amakhosi, as they are affectionately known, were deserved winners as they topped the log throughout the 2012/2013 season under the guidance of former Bafana Bafana mentor, Stuart Baxter, who made history by becoming the first foreign coach to win a PSL title in his maiden season. Chiefs were officially crowned the champions over the weekend despite their 1-0 loss to PSL rookies Amatuks, who impressively booked their place in the next season’s MTN 8 knockout competition. The main winners were, however, the boys from Naturena who won the coveted trophy for the first time since the 2004/2005 season. Chiefs coach was visibly a delighted man, and paid tribute to his players, especially the captain, for fighting, showing hunger and dedication throughout the season.

Kaizer Chiefs this season under the catchphrase ‘Reclaiming The Glory’ arguably had their best stint in the PSL in a long time. Considering that they can win a double having to play Supersport United in the Nedbank cup final this weekend, what makes it even more worth bragging and celebratory for the Amakhosi faithful’s is that they have ‘reclaimed their glory’ by dethroning bitter rivals Orlando Pirates who surrendered all their trophies won in the past two seasons and could only finish the league in a disappointing third spot. They would, however, find solace in their impressive CAF Champions League run.

alex--621x414Looking elsewhere, Stuart Baxter’s fellow countryman Sir Alex Ferguson ended his 27 years illustrious career on a high note when Manchester United overwhelmingly claimed their 20th English Premier League title with a provisional 10 points gap over defending champions Manchester City. Ferguson (71) who has been United’s manager since 1986, won 13 league titles, two Champions Leagues, the Cup Winners’ Cup, five FA Cups and four League Cups making him arguably the best and most respected manager in modern football era. Joining the list of legends retiring from the game is Ferguson’s employee Paul Scholes (38) and former employee David Beckham (38) who also went out triumphantly, and became the only English player to win championships in four countries, after his French side Paris Saint German (PSV) became the sixth club to win ‘Ligue 1’ in the past six seasons.

Bayern-MunichIn Spain, Barcelona, as expected, won the ‘La Liga’ title with three games to play following their unassailable ten points lead over Real Madrid who finished the season with no trophy to show for it. This will go a long way in consoling the European giants after their disastrous semi-final exit in the UEFA champions league following their 7-0 aggregate humiliation suffered at the hands of Germany giants Bayern Munich, who on the other hand, claimed their 23rd title in the ‘Bundesliga’ with a whopping and record breaking 22 points gap over defending champions and Champions league finalist Borrusia Dortmund. The finale however in German soccer proves to be the UEFA Champions League final, which will see the German giants Borrusia Dortmund and Bayern Munich battling it out for the most prestigious club competition in the world.

Holistically, it was a very interesting football season. However, it can be argued that it lacked some elements of competitiveness. Kaizer Chiefs officially claimed the league with a game to spare, and that is something South Africans are not really familiar with considering the thrilling climax evident in the past few seasons. The points gap alluded above in the top European league sums up the one sided affair witnessed in the 2012/2013 season. Perhaps one might argue that it was not necessarily a matter of lack of quality display from other clubs, but rather the champions were better prepared and more determined to win. This is especially the case because of the fact that all the teams mentioned who have won the league in their respective countries had to dethrone their bitter rivals, which undoubtedly set for a thrilling 2013/2014. In the end, it is only fair to congratulate all the Champions as we anticipate the new season with high expectations.

29th Apr2013

Suarez: biting the hand that does not feed him

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Motlalepula Maduna looks at the recent drama in the English Premier League.

65160_649869568361956_506441369_nLiverpool striker Luis Suarez’s fate was finally decided last week when he was handed a ten match ban for violent conduct after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic  this means that the Uruguayan national will miss the rest of the EPL season, virtually handing the top goal scorer accolade to Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie. The game, which led to the biting incident, depicted the good, the bad and the ugly of Suarez. Besides the moment of madness from Suarez which saw him biting the Chelsea’s defender’s arm, he also conceded a penalty reminiscent of the infamous one he conceded during the 2010 soccer world cup which prevented Ghana from being the first African country to reach the semi-final stages of the World Cup. He then scored the all-important equalizer in the dying moments of the game to salvage a draw at Anfield against Chelsea.

But controversy has clearly followed the lethal goal poacher (or it might be the other way round). While a handball offence is normal in football, biting another player is unthinkable, especially considering the fact that it was the player’s second offence as he once bit a PSV player when he was still playing for Ajax Amsterdam.

However, I find Luis Suarez eager to win at all cost approach commendable, especially if it benefits his team. He is a team player who does not mind ‘taking one for the team.” Even though his loyalty is sometimes channelled in errant conduits, it often does aid the results of his team. I might be saying this because I am not a big fan of the so-called ‘fair play’, not because I do not believe in fairness, but because there is nothing fair about ‘fair play.’ The consequences are always inconsistent from the people who should be laying the law. English football has been marred by far worse developments with minimal consequences if any. We have seen career ending tackles that went unpunished, but a bite that did not even cut the skin is punishable more than that, and even worse, more than racism. It is also interesting to note that nothing was said by the FA regarding the acts of the Man United players mocking Suarez’s ‘cannibalism’ post the formers match against Aston Villa which for me depicted unprofessionalism and unsporting behaviour.

Liverpool-v-Newcastle-Luis-Suarez-celeb_2856246I believe there are some elements of anti-Suarez in the EPL, and his wayward actions are not helping him in the course. This is a player who has already been banned earlier in the season for a racist remark towards Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Suarez was slapped with an eight-match ban while John Terry was banned for a mere four games from the same offence during a separate incident. This justifies the Liverpool coach who claims that the ban was directed to Suarez as a player and not necessarily to the act he committed.

It is no secret what a valuable asset Luis Suarez is to the Liverpool FC. Without his goals this season, the team would be languishing in the relegation battle. If rumours circulating of him leaving the club would in fact materialize, then it would be a big loss to Liverpool and the media who always uses him as a scapegoat. It would however be a relief to the oppositional teams who had to endure the wrath of the player’s hunger for goals. Despite the criticism and controversy surrounding the striker, I would gladly have him in my team any time because of his footballing abilities, fighting spirit and devotion to any team he plays for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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