Form versus the permanency of class

Form versus the permanency of class

For as long as I have been involved in football, I have known it as perhaps one of very few sports where preparation is almost always the major determinant for success. Everywhere you go, across the world, it is teams that have sound structures, adequate resources and clear visions that win major tournaments, and dominate the league year in and year out. This trend is more pronounced in Europe; in the British Premier League, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and, lately Manchester City, have had the lion’s share of trophies; while In Spain Real Madrid and Barcelona have shared the spoils. Coming closer home, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns have generally stayed at the top during the last 20 years, with a few pretenders to throne winning the
odd tournament, but always failing to defend it. In Eswatini, boasting rights have generally belonged to Mbabane Highlanders and Mbabane Swallows for many years, though we seem to have been the better team in recent years, with the security teams taking turns sporadically. The point of my writing this week is to bring to the fore a more baffling side of the game – a deep in form versus the permanency of class. In as much as football is very much a case of ‘preparation meeting opportunity’, there is no telling when a team will lose form; and when form goes out
the window, too often it is hard to bounce back. Some of us have seen this happening over and over, and when it happens you have no idea what hit you. Results in recent games have not been flattering, and we have dug deep to find solutions, but all seem short-lived. Be that as it may, I want to take this opportunity to re-assure our fans, who themselves would have seen similar lean perches in their life time, and would know what to do under such trying
circumstances. Patience is the remedy– always and before we know, we will bounce back to winning ways. Our fans know our class; we have always recovered and won something to cheer the spirit even during the most trying of times. Just keep remembering ‘form is temporary; class is permanent’.

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