Cape Town – “Oh Danny boy, the pipes the pipes are calling. From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
“The summer’s gone, and all the roses falling. ’Tis you, tis you must go and I must bide. But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow.
“Or when the valley is hushed and white with snow. ‘Tis I’ll be there in sunshine or shadow. Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.”
Rumour has it that this popular Irish folk song is about a parent sending a son off to war, although nobody can say for certain what the real meaning of Frederick Weatherly’s song is.
However, in the Mzansi context, it would be Danny Jordaan, the newly elected president of the South African Football Association (Safa), going into battle to try and shake up the country’s football.
But he is going to need more than just a knife and a gun. In fact, he might need to take some medical staff with him as the sport in South Africa is in the ICU on life support.
And it’s going to take more than just simple CPR to get going again, as the previous regimes have relied on mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, or otherwise known as a quick fix, especially when it comes to Bafana Bafana. This didn’t work, as we all know.
But old Danny boy needs to get stuck in with a shot of adrenalin, or some sort of concoction that can bring new life, especially to the youth structures.
A bomb, though, might be necessary to clear some of the dead wood, those people who have bled Safa dry, and contributed absolutely nothing over the last decade or so. Thus Danny will also have to have a big enough broom to sweep the debris from the blast into the gutter.
There will of course be casualties, and that’s why Danny will also need a thick skin. A bulletproof vest might not be a bad idea, because there is a culture of backstabbing in South African football that is almost as prevalent in the game as a beautiful shibobo – or nutmeg to you okes who don’t know the lingo.
Danny has certainly preached a good game, but I hope his tenure doesn’t turn out to be, like the name of one of UB40’s hit singles, “Promises and Lies”.
But Danny does have an aura about him, and is one of the few sports administrators that gives off a good vibe. I mean this is the man who helped to get us the World Cup, and also helped to organise a tournament that took the world’s breath away.
However, making a success of this job is probably going to be twice as hard. But from the outside, he seems to be the right man for the job.
“I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me. And I shall rest in peace until you come to me. Oh Danny boy, Oh Danny boy, I love you so.”
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