ONCE labelled “the most beautiful game” by Brazilian Edson Arantes do Nascimento affectionately known as Pele, football has turned to be fierce and strange as it is now suffused with emotions, becoming a tool to drive hidden regional and tribal differences in most countries.
Emotions are somehow inevitable in the game as every club involved in competition has a certain goal to achieve which is to win, but the consequences brought by these emotions have gone as far as influencing hatred within football followers.
Player movement has stirred a lot of frustration and hatred in local football and in many occasions, players find themselves in the deep end as they are called all sorts of names for joining other clubs. The recent cases being the Masimba Mambare move from Highlanders to perennial rivals Dynamos last month.
Of late surprise 2013 Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year and defender Gift Bello dumped DeMbare and was lured to the Zvishavane-based FC Platinum.
Mambare who joined Bosso in 2012 and was instrumental for the Bulawayo giants in that year, before a mediocre performance last season, was labelled a traitor by some sections of the media when he crossed the floor to the league champions from the City of Kings.
Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa labelled Bello a rebel after the defender joined the platinum miners.
Southern Eye Sport caught up with some football enthusiasts in the city who took time to express their views about the “beautiful game” being full of emotions.
Zimbabwe Player Agents Association leader Omega Sibanda is of the view that all the emotions in football emanate from club executives who fail to perform their duties effectively and try to put the blame on players as they try to relieve themselves from public shame.
He believes that it is natural for someone with the team at heart to say harsh words out of emotions at it is a bitter pill to swallow seeing a player you are banking on, crossing the floor to your rival.
“Every executive in any club has the urge to do well so it is natural that words come out of emotions if players leave their teams yet they still need their services. Players are human beings and they are very cautious about their future so they go for better offers. Club administrators fail to play their club roles and if they fail they always want to direct fans’ attention to players calling them all sort of names which is not good. They should stop hiding behind a finger for failing their duties, they are also putting the lives of players in danger. I think clubs should have chief executive officers who will keep an eye on player contracts,” Sibanda said.