Remove politics from sport - Nasief Morris

Former Bafana Bafana legend Nasief Morris
Former Bafana Bafana legend Nasief Morris

“Politics needs to be removed from sports and football in South Africa and things will improve.”

These were the words of renowned former South African player Nasief Morris at the South African launch of Budweiser multi-year sponsorship with the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga for the 2019/20 season.

In an interview with DispatchLIVE, Morris said the country needed to focus on football development in order to beat some of the world’s best teams.

“With Baxter stepping down, I find it disappointing because it does not mean that if we do not succeed in what we are trying to achieve an planning that we need to chop and change everything around, we should get the structure that we are setting out for ourselves and a plan for whatever amount of years that we need to set it up and work towards that step by step.”

The former Bafana Bafana legend is currently up skilling himself with a coaching course in Cape Town. “The criteria for next coach- should be somebody that is qualified and has a lot of experience and knows our players and the type of players and  style of our play  is important .

“We do not want to change the way our players play because we have a style of playing and we need to stick to it and I do not think Baxter did a lot of changes, you guide the players in a certain direction you want them but do not take away their flair and the things that makes them the best in the country.”

Responding to calls to have Benni McCarthy as the next national team head coach , Morris said,  “ From his experience and  what I have seen with what he has done with City, he’s proven that he is good at what he is doing, for the last two seasons , he could have been a champion last season and I am sure he is planning something better for this year.

He added “I won’t comment on something if he is ready or should be given the job, I just believe it should Be a general decision from everyone involved and to decide on who is the best person for the job.”

The event was attended by former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien, along with former SA players Kagisho Dikgacoi, Aaron Mokoena, Tokelo Rantie, and Tsepo Masilela. The players shared their experiences in playing for both leagues during their course of their careers.

Speaking at the launch, Budweiser SA Marketing Manager Thomas Lawrence said “Budweiser has a strong and enduring legacy within the world of sport, specifically football, and we look forward to connecting South African football enthusiasts to the Premier League and La Liga. Football fans are challenged to be “Kings”in every aspect of their lives and this will be realised through their interactions with the various ”Kings”of football across the globe, starting right here at home with the likes of  Aaron Mokoena, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Nasief Morris, while also highlighting other passion points closely related to our brand such as fashion,  music and much more.”