Posted in News on Feb 28, 2002.
For the record, I never made such threats. Just to paint a picture of what really happened; we were leaving the airport going through all the normal procedures and we never had any problems with security until the last door.
There was an argument with two SAA staff and the next thing police were called and I was arrested. The charge, as you read in the papers, was that I made a bomb threat but I have never done such a thing.
I cannot say much at this stage as the matter is still going to court on April 3. I know the media might speculate about what action I might take as an individual. For now I will wait for the court to complete its duty.
Back to the business of football, many of you have been asking about certain players, especially those who did not play against Ajax Cape Town.
Kenny Niemach, for instance has been given a rest. He has been under a lot of pressure and tried to do more on his own. The coach felt he should be given a rest and this opened up opportunities for other players like Rene Richards.
Ace Mbuthu and Nhlanhla Kubeka are still injured but despite the injuries, the coach wanted to change a bit in his tactics and this really worked to our advantage.
We are going back to Africa to defend the Mandela Cup. But with this come a number of challenges. Our first game will be at home against US Trasfoot of Madagascar on March 9.
Due to our participation and that of other PSL clubs in Pan-African competitions, the league had to revise its programme. A number of our games have been postponed while others brought forward.
The challenge I am talking about is juggling between our commitment in Africa and here at home. The reality is that it’s not going to be easy for the coach and the players. We have registered 25 players for this mission and hope they will represent the country with pride.
We have the Super Cup against Al Ahly on March 15 in Cairo. We will leave on the Wednesday before the game and this means our scheduled match against Sundowns on March 13 will be moved to March 30.
I must congratulate Ali Mokoena, Safa COO, for convening a meeting yesterday with all clubs that will be playing in Caf competitions. It was a fruitful meeting although no decisions were taken there. It was in a way an overview session.
Until next time.
Love and Peace Must Increase!