Whoever came up with communication eh...
They (experts) say that the single most important thing in modern day living is communication in any means and in any form.
In the 21st century, it has become a real necessity and is moulded by trends and other what-not's.. That is why in this day and age, the likes of the mobile phone have become so prominent.
It is also the reason why social media such as Facebook and Twitter have become super big..
One reason only... Communication is key.
Marriage and sport
Experts (psychiatrists), will tell you that apart from day to day relationships, the single thing that requires solid communication is sport.
In sport, be it a personal or team sport, communication can't be understated.
In golf, a caddy helps out the golfer in many ways.. he will judge his line and offer advice on what type of club to use.. They need to communicate well at all costs.
Tennis is also the same, you have a coaching team that you need to talk to all the time, to communicate with all the time as they offer tactical as well as moral advice.
In a team sport, it is even more important, you need to speak, talk or motion each other to ensure cohesion and in the end success.
In football, where there are 11 different players bound together, it is even more important.
What happens if the players come from different backgrounds and language is an issue? The coach will bind them together and ensure they are one team, regardless of whether or not they speak or think the same.
On the other hand, what happens if the coach is the missing link.. What if the coach can't communicate well with the players?
What if the man who is supposed to offer insight and direction does not speak the same language or understand the way the players think or talk or what they are comfortable doing?
It becomes a cause for concern.
In the Harambee Stars- Bafana Bafana friendly match, one thing was evident.. The difference between the two coaches.
Bafana coach Gordon Igesund was all over the place yelling and commending his players in equal measure.
Stars coach Henri Michel though, was subdued.. Simply because he can't communicate with the players.
Michel can't speak in English, let alone Swahili (While our players prefer to speak in sheng) and yet we expect him to inspire his players.. how?
It is a clear vacuum because neither can express themselves either way and it is a sport in which you are supposed to live and die for each other?
I guess this is where the position of a local assistant coach comes in.. He can be the link between the coach and the players... Why haven't the FKF appointed one?
Henri Michel's pedigree is hard to argue with, but his lack of knowledge of the local languages can and will be an issue.
You wonder why of all the places he has coached before, only the Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa were from English speaking backgrounds.
It is a handicap that the Stars are going to have to work hard on to ensure success.