Mbalula to lead SAFA inquest
Johannesburg - The investigation into the shambolic running of the South African
Football Association will kick into full swing on Tuesday when Minister
of Sport Fikile Mbalula addresses the organisation.
The meeting has been set up in order to delve deeper into the
reasons behind Bafana Bafana's recent failures, with Pitso Mosimane's
men having seen their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations dreams halted at the
The national side were also well below their best last week as
they could only muster a goalless draw against Senegal, a side who
failed to win any of their Group A encounters in Equatorial Guinea and
South Africa's struggles on the international stage run deeper
than just the first-team though, with the Under-23 side having failed to
qualify for this year's Olympic Games while the Under-20's were dumped
out of the African Youth Championships in the early stages.
One of the major issues up for discussion this week will centre
around the committee that misled Bafana, and the nation, into believing
the draw against Niger in the final AFCON qualifier was enough to earn
their progress to the finals.
Mbalula will be joined by the South African Sports Confederation
and Olympic Committee board, who were responsible for assembling the
team to investigate domestic football's governing body.
SAFA executive committee member Mzwandile Maforvane is also
expected to be called before the committee to explain his protests
against the probe into the misreading of the CAF rules regarding AFCON