quote:Originally posted by Ian Kennett
Would Canada be still in the hunt or comfortably through to the Hex if these three players had suited up for the current WCQ? How about Nsaliwa added to the mix? What would our starting lineup have looked like?
If you think that we would be coasting, comparatively speaking, then the CSA must immediately begin aggressively asking FIFA to changes its rules about citizens of one country playing for another based upon the nationality of their mother or father as was the case with Hargraeves and Fernandes. The CSA must demand that only players who are born in a country, or have legally and legitimately acquired citizenship in another country completely independently of their ancestry, may play for a national team. In addition, we obviously need to do much, much more (and there have been all kinds of suggestions posted on this board) to provide players such as JDG2 a reason to play for Canada as their first choice. It is an expensive thing in terms of lost talent for lesser soccer nations. Even the USA is losing very good players as can be seen with Rossi and, very likely, Subotic.
If you feel that the inclusion of these players would make little difference to our present WCQ chances, then clearly, Canada is NOT producing players who ever possess truly World class talent, with a rare few exceptions over a long period of time. In this case, we are really and truly lost until such time as the provinces act in the interests of indiviual players, provide for improved and mandatory coaching certification, and make it as part of every provincial vision that getting to the World Cup is THE number one national priority for soccer in this country. Until such time, ???
Like most, if not all of you, I am gutted by the poor showing, again, of the MNT during WCQ. In fact, if any tangible, legislated, positive changes do not happen immediately to improve the situation, my 23 years of being a Canada supporter will soon end - it is literally too stressful to hope and dream for a losing program (my sincere apologies to the players who give it their all time and again!).
So, my question to you, aside from those posed above, is this. What MUST the CSA do to finally make things better, and how does a guy like me become involved in the process? After all, it is one thing for me to chirp, but quite another to actually DO something since the arrogant, ignorant, foolish, and weak CSA directors do not listen to mere words or common sense.