By Sibongumusa Dhlodhlo
Veteran football coach, Cosmas Tsano Zulu has added his voice on the need for sports personalities and legends to be given the respect they deserve.
Football legends and former players have been given a status of respect in various countries with others having stadiums and streets named after them while for others statues have been erected in their honour.
This has not been the case on the local scene with a number of former players who after mesmerising the fans during their playing days end up dying as unknowns and paupers.
While calling for the setting up of a pension scheme for players, veteran football coach, Cosmas ‘Tsano’ Zulu, believes more can be done to uplift the status of football legends and former players.
“Barbourfields stadium was named after a white administrator in the council of this city. Why after 40 years of independence we don’t even have any of our legends being named anywhere baffles the mind. Do we need to spend a million dollars to change Barbourfields to Peter Ndlovu Stadium or Madinda Ndlovu, Gibson Homela, Lawrence Phiri or Barry Daka? Honestly, what do you want us to do? We have spent years entertaining the public yet no legend is given such recognition.”
Tsano, who boasts of 53 years in the game of football, noted that there is also a need to tap into the knowledge of football greats for the benefit of the local game.
The argument on what should be done will rage on as there are various opinions from different quarters.
What remains a fact though is that these legends deserve more than what they are getting having left an indelible mark in the history of the country’s football.