Talking Points: Chiefs title, Igesund's squad and racism in Europe

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AmaKhosi fans celebrate Kaizer Chiefs winning the PSL title

Mfundox Brian Xaba

I am so happy. I will sleep with a smile today. It's been a long eight years. Finally, we are champs. RTG, rise Khosi rise. Thanks to you admin for the updates.

Dennis Valentino

The way I'm thrilled I can't even find the words of explaining how happy I am. Khosified for life!

Ditaba Mogokotleng

I am so proud of the Khosi players, management, especially the technical team and every one at Kaizer Chiefs.

Read Goal's feature on how Kaizer Chiefs won the title here

Motaung confirms Chiefs participation in Caf Champions league

Vongani Jimmy Shihlomule

Go for the star Khosi! It is about time our continental football takes notice on Mzansi. We hosted the Fifa World Cup, but we are still denied a (favourable) position in Caf. Let's show them then that we don't have only the richest and best administered league in the continent, but we can play this beautiful game too.

Siyabonga Zondi Gagashe

I wish they decided otherwise. The African Champions League is a waste of time and money. I hope we don't regret participating in this Micky Mouse tournament!

You can follow the Caf Champions League on Goal here

Gordon Igesund's surprising new Bafana squad

We've had a mixture of responses to Igesund's squad for the fixtures against Lesotho, CAR and Ethiopia. Our Goal reader Okipe Mangasuthu believes Igesund has made some brave choices. Rival fan Khosi Moletsane informs Bafana fans that the challenge is on for South Africa. Gwebu Mzaiya joked with us that Gordon has drunk the wrong cup of tea before making his selections. Emihle Keli is not happy with Phala and Klate in the squad. And finally, Nathi Ntshobodwana has placed his trust in the Bafana squad to do the business in the World Cup qualifiers.


African players facing racism in Europe

Nkosikhona Godlo

When is this going to end? Our players are suffering there (in Europe)?

The Editor - Ignat Manjoo

Almost every month there's an article about an African player facing racist chanting or similar abuse in Europe. The sad, tragic reality is obvious, but I think there is hope of a better future, because in the past these incidents were either ignored or not reported at all. Recently high profile clubs in Italy and Spain are taking a stand against their own supporters, so spectators will have no choice but to respect players from all races and backgrounds.

When watching the English First Division on television in the 80s, I remember top black players such as John Barnes receiving monkey chants. After the Premier League took a stricter stance thereafter, attitudes changed and we've seen a new generation of African stars make their name in England. I hope that the same changes will occur throughout Europe over the next decade.

You can't cure the whole world of racism, just as you can't cure ignorance or educate everyone. From my travels throughout the world, I've experienced racism first hand, sadly understanding that the illness is a human condition which is impossible to cure altogether. At the same time in other, more enlightened cities in Europe I've felt a greater understanding of race equality than even here in South Africa, where I grew up in the apartheid era.
When I was at the 2006 Fifa World Cup, outside the stadium in the fan park in Germany, my earlier amazing night was spoiled when I heard Italian fans making monkey noises during France's penalties. We don't want to spoil the fan experience for anyone in stadiums just because of one or two rude spectators. So, stadiums and football associations need to enforce strict punishments for so-called supporters. I support the rule that players should leave the field in protest of racism at stadiums.

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