SA needs white soccer players

2010-07-20 17:23
Leslie Sedibe (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Soccer bosses want white South Africans to take more of an interest in playing soccer, saying it will make the game "more interesting and lively".

"We want to see people like Andy Karacinski and all those white football players we used to see in the 80s," SA Football Association (SAFA) chief executive Leslie Sedibe told MPs on the portfolio committee on sport and recreation on Tuesday.

"It makes it interesting. It makes it lively.

"If we are going to succeed we are going to need the support... We need to create that appetite."

Sedibe said the non-participation of traditional Model C schools and white schools in soccer was a problem for SAFA.

"Many of these schools are simply not interested," he said.

"As a united South Africa, it is important that we begin to mobilise schools and make sure they take part."

He had heard from a parent that soccer was not allowed at their child's Afrikaans school in Magaliesburg.

That was something he wanted to change.

"We can't continue on that basis."

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani said there had been an exciting response from "the Afrikaans speaking public" after the World Cup.

"There was a very exciting response from the public, particularly the Afrikaans speaking public, which was rare in past," he said.

Read more on:    kirsten nematandani  |  leslie sedibe


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.