Cape Town - The South African Football Association (SAFA) has set the record straight on insinuations doing rounds regarding the appointment of the new head coach of the Senior Men’s National Team, Bafana Bafana.
In statement released on Tuesday SAFA says, "for the record, it is standard procedure within SAFA that the
Association gets recommendations from the respective committees on any
decision, big or small."
SAFA says the recommendation of the appointment of the coach falls
within the domain of the Technical and Development Committee in line
with Article 45.11 of the SAFA Constitution.
"However, the responsibility of committees is purely to recommend, and
any decision taken will have to be approved or rejected by the
Association’s highest decision making body, the National Executive
"So it is irresponsible, disingenuous and disappointing for any member
of the Technical and Development Committee to go out and express his/her
views on the matter before this Saturday’s (30 June 2012) NEC meeting.
This is literally jumping the gun,” said SAFA president Kirsten
The SAFA president added that for a big decision such as that of the
appointment of the Senior Men’s National Team head coach, all issues had
to be discussed, dissected and scrutinised by the NEC before an
appointment is made.
“So it is very wrong to conclude that because the Technical and
Development Committee has said one, two or three, we should rubber-stamp
that decision. That is not how such a people-oriented organisation like
SAFA works. This is a national issue which has to be handled very
“We want, if we take a decision, to have been above board and that
verdict must be accepted by the entire NEC members,” added Nematandani.
SAFA will hold an NEC meeting on Saturday (30 June) where the new Bafana Bafana coach is expected to be announced.