The 2020/21 season has been absolutely littered with events off the field that football writers and fans alike have been entertained to the fullest.
Who will forget the selling of Bidvest Wits, whose 100-year history was buried in Limpopo, the FIFA ban imposed on Kaizer Chiefs for two consecutive windows and the banning of Belgian coach Luc Eymael from working in South Africa (a decision which has since been overturned).
And now on 12th March 2021, the ascendency of Patrice Motsepe to the highest position in African football, as the 8th CAF President. Motsepe delivered a 10-point things-do-list and coupled with massive support from COSAFA, Nigeria and the FIFA President himself, Gianni Infantino, triumphed.
With this accomplished, the mining magnate had to vacate his role and involvement with Mamelodi Sundowns FC.
1. Enter Motsepe’s son
Motsepe’s rise to the top of African soccer dynasty, paved way for his first-born Tlhopie Motsepe to emerge as the new Sundowns chairman.
An LLB-graduate, the young Tlhopie has been groomed (so we are told) as the fresh and better version of his father, Patrice.
2. Enter MaMkhize’s son
Earlier during the season, a similar script has been at play and open to view on social media, as Andile Mpisane was chosen to be Chairperson of Royal AM FC.
At the age of 20 years, Mpisane has been accelerated to lead a football club with a value of around R25 million, excluding both tangible and intangible asserts associated with the club.
3. Enters Chippa’s young prodigy
In the Eastern Cape, former Baroka FC and Chippa United CEO, Morgan Mammila heads a very ambitious project, Buffalo City promotion to the NFD and eventually DSTV Premiership.
Again, at the crust of this difficult assignment is the appointment by Chippa United chaired Siviwe Mpengesi, of his own son Sandiso Mpengesi, as the East London-based ABC Motsepe league as chairman.
4. Events good or bad?
FARPost Investigative Unit has observed and further acknowledges that most football clubs in South Africa are run as family business (e.g Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Lamontville Golden Arrows, Black Leopards, Jomo Cosmos, JDR Stars, Royal AM and Sundowns). This allows owners to keep everything within the family, and continue to keep the culture, operations and strategy family orientated.
Furthermore, some of these clubs appoint experts in key departments to ensure that their business acumen and experience filters through the organization.
But this family business approach and children appointment sickness, has a huge potential to be a sports pandemic. This crazy appointment disease looks very acute now and has an interesting trend of copycat and sporadic following behaviour.
Are these children well-vested with football administration, constitution and statutes as demanded and outlined by SAFA and FIFA? Are they in tune and in sync with the Kings Code IV of Corporate Governance?
Mpengesi senior’s leadership has been nothing but chaotic, with consistent firing and hiring of coaches, what will he teach his son?
Some of the family businesses have been successful, but can we enter the future without looking at the good and bad of these modem day football chairmen appointment? FARPost will continue to follow these events with keen interest.
By FARPost Investigative Unit