What is it really that determine whether you are a big team or not? Let’s look at it this way, in South African football (PSL) we have four teams that are regarded as the big teams in the country. Which are Kaizer Chiefs; Orlando pirates; Sundowns and Moroka Swallows.
Someone may argue that how can we say some of these teams are the big and best when they have never won a trophy in ten years? On the other hand there are teams like Supersport United that are doing very well but we do not regard to them as the big teams. What is it that makes them bigger than the others? Is it the number of supporters they have nationally? Is it have something to do with their history? Is it how much money they have or quality of players they have?
I don’t think so; look at Bloemfontein Celtic it has much more supporters than some of those so called” big” teams. Supersport United won the League title last year and it looks like they are going to defend it this year but they are not in a list of so called “big” teams. Ajax Cape Town won the Telkom knockout last year beating one of the “big” teams. Look at the current knockout competition, the NedBank Cup, all these teams exited in early stages of the tournament, but we still regard to them as big teams. Why?
Do you want to know what I think about all this? I think Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows are in that list just because they are the old teams in ABSA Premiership. For Mamelodi Sundowns, its just because the team president have so much money that he puts in the club. I remember one day he heard that there is a South African best player called Makhaya Ntini and he said “we must get that player in our team, how much does he want?” He didn’t know that Makhaya is a cricket player. Kaizer Chiefs is in that list because their cabinet is full of trophies that they won long time ago (during the NSL), but that’s the way I look at it. They say soccer is a universal language maybe you will have a different opinion from mine.