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SAFA aims to be a world force

2012-02-02 15:29

Johannesburg - The South African Football Association (SAFA) laid out plans for all its national sides to be in the top three in Africa by 2020 and inside the world's top 20 in the longer term.

The concept was unveiled on Thursday by the association's chief executive, Robin Petersen, who briefed the media on the findings of the first technical symposium held last weekend.

"The first step to thinking big is to set goals," said Petersen.

"We want to be in the top three at all national levels on the continent and inside the top 20 in the world.

"We have been there once and now need to be there consistently - and to do that, you have to put in place structures that will help you achieve this."

The symposium, highly rated by the members who were present, was initiated by SAFA following last year's dismal showing by the national teams.

Bafana Bafana failed again to qualify for the second successive continental showpiece, the Africa Cup of Nations, while the junior sides - the SA Under-23s and SA Under-20s - failed in their respective Olympic qualifiers and regional COSAFA Championship tournaments.

The first phase of planning, termed the 'discovery and diagnosis', involved the association engaging with coaches and former players in candid discussions on how the local game should be run.

Bafana Bafana have steadily declined since the golden era of the 1990s, when they reached their highest ranking of 16th in the world, despite the Premier Soccer League (PSL) brand prospering financially in recent years.

From March until the second symposium in July, SAFA will be aiming at creating a "comprehensive" strategic plan in their second phase of 'decision and deployment'.

The third and final phase of the plan, 'decision and deployment' will be the implementation.

"We obviously can't do this by walking alone," Petersen said.

"I believe that with the symposium we will work together in finding a solution.

"There are seven areas that we are working towards and we will have a philosophy that we all agree on."

The focus will start at grass root level, where SAFA wants to implement competitiveness from an early age, while stimulating school and academy soccer.

More importantly, data will be captured of all the coaches and players in the country, ensuring that every one of them is recorded in the association's base.

This will be crucial in helping curb the age-cheating pandemic that has been a huge factor in African football.

"Every single talent in this country must be captured," said SAFA technical director Serame Letsoaka.

"We must know what talent is within our schools and academies and make sure that 80 per cent get to make to the national teams.

"Age cheating happens because of lack of competitions (at youth level).

"If, for example, there is nothing in the Under-16s a player will cheat to be accommodated at whatever age group and we need to fight strongly with this issue."

SAPA

Comments
  • Shistirrer - 2012-02-02 15:44

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      Topsy - 2012-02-02 16:01

      bwahahahahahaha - "We want to be in the top three at all national levels on the continent and inside the top 20 in the world" - sorry but that happened when we had alot of 'white' influence on the team - now we have none

      Sean - 2012-02-02 23:43

      Too many chiefs and not enough indians !! Safa reminds me so much of the ANC , one big f@ck up !!

  • Nelson - 2012-02-02 15:53

    hahahahahahahahahahaha are they commedians?

  • Dhirshan - 2012-02-02 15:58

    HAHAHAHAHAHA - LAY OFF ON THE ZOL SAFA ! seriously now . . .

  • chizgal - 2012-02-02 15:58

    Wow, to show that "women's" football in SA isn't taken into account, they fail to mention them even though they've qualified for the Olympics that will be taking place this year. it is saddning to see such energies and enthusiam being poured only on "Male" soccer yet great results are expected from Banyana Banyana. SA Women's Football must just be closed -- PERIOD!

      John - 2012-02-02 16:42

      Hi girl. Dont waste valuable energy with iiii..... I cant spell that word. Your league is way beyond bajokers bajokers. So engage with the minister of sport on a level that is unique for that you are.

  • Alistair Sharp - 2012-02-02 16:00

    Will make a change from being a world FARCE!

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-02 16:01

    I must be dreaming! As a SA'n I would to see this, but this sounds very much like Malema-esque dillusions!

  • duane.vanvuuren - 2012-02-02 16:07

    Is it the 1st of April, already!?!?

  • Francois - 2012-02-02 16:10

    Yawn - don't tell us about it. Just do it and then when you've done it say: "Hey look what we did."

  • mandla.mahashe - 2012-02-02 16:17

    My fave joke of the day...

      Sean - 2012-02-02 23:44

      Maybe they thought it was 1 April ?

  • Treatwell Trey - 2012-02-02 16:18

    Do we really need a national soccer anymore

      Jason - 2012-02-02 17:27

      Yes.

  • Dax - 2012-02-02 16:25

    We have the best facilities and highest paid league in Africa and they only aim to be in the top 3 by 2020! What are they hoping, that if they set the date far enough into the future we will have forgotten by then? The fact that we aren't currently in the top 3 speaks volumes about the entire football structure in this country.

  • Jabson - 2012-02-02 16:26

    I beg to differ, at least we are starting to plan for the future and I am fully behind this plan.

      Sean - 2012-02-03 00:04

      Sorry mate , it won`t happen ! Can not happen , not in South Africa ! Nothing wrong with dreaming, but one also has to be realistic !!!

  • Mamaile - 2012-02-02 16:27

    You moegie!!!!

  • Anthony - 2012-02-02 16:30

    We are so blessed in SA, Now and than, someone comes out , with something so outrageously funny. that it puts a smile on most of our faces!!!

  • zaakiro - 2012-02-02 16:31

    If they can erase any form of corruption, prepare to provide the proper leadership, improve on youth development from schools right through to the national team, put in place an agreement between national teams and clubs, ensure proper youth & reserve team development withing PSL & lower league clubs, make certain of a consistent style of play across the board in all division of the national team then an then only will South Africa turn the clock. I think it's possible to become a force in Africa although African football has grown in massive strides since 1996. But corruption, greed and lack of leadership has been the biggest down-fall of the country and the national team. I always believe optimism is better than sulking away laughing at the greedy men at the top, making an effort and supporting where ever possible even if it be at the lowest community level, schools or anywhere. An example is a community in Klerksdorp (Manzilpark), members of the community have put together few teams for kids (aged 5+) playing once or twice a week, besides the skill process, it's amazing to see the smiles on the faces of these young kids. This initiative might not last forever nor might it ever affect the National Team issues, but all it takes is a start, making your mark in society, in a community especially when living in times of such corruption and disloyalty from your own government. I would nevertheless wish them all the best in their attempts...

  • bm.motha - 2012-02-02 16:31

    are u smoking Mr Peterson, plz take action and stop talking

  • Lunga - 2012-02-02 16:42

    The quality of the football that Bafana Bafana play is quite impressive. Players look fit, and they don't get intimidated by the big boys. However, the problem is that South African lacks a finisher in the Alan Shearer/Danny Welbeck mould. Mphela has tried, but he tends to disappear against the big teams. Benni was the other one who scored a lot. We do not have strikers. SAFA must address this first, and then we will become a force. Your Thulani Sereros and May Mahlangus can create as much as they like, but if there's no one up there to finish, we're done.

      Jason - 2012-02-02 17:27

      I have a theory about our finishers. I have watched young boys playing in informal environments and the one thing I noticed is that there are no proper goals. If we had more pitches for youth players to start on we may develop a keener sense of striking focus.

      Lunga - 2012-02-02 17:41

      Ditto...

  • mthuthuzelig - 2012-02-02 16:43

    What a joke. No details just another junk. Strategy, plan , implementation. like really. Didnt we hear this before. You need to shut up and let people who are capable of running football do so. You have killed SA football. I mean bafana cause the local league is on fire. Put competitive individuals that understand and qualify to run SA football. Current administration has failed. STOP REVOLVING THE SA FOOTBALL AROUND THE SAME PEOPLE.

  • Jonathan - 2012-02-02 16:45

    For a start, stop calling the national team "Bafana"- it just sounds so damn stupid

      Cameron - 2012-02-02 17:06

      I second that, it`s riducoulous just saying it once, to add insult to injury they have to repeat every time hahahaha

      Jason - 2012-02-02 17:24

      Sorry dude I like it.

  • Jason - 2012-02-02 16:49

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  • david.lebethe - 2012-02-02 17:02

    Easy guys! Yes, we hosted the World Cup but that did not make us champions on its own. Yes, we have many unpatriotic people in the country, but that doesn't make us a bad country. We need to start somewhere in order to improve. Let us give support to such efforts and complain when we have given it a try. Ignore noise on the side, it is by people who a pessimists and wish nothing good about black sport and black athletes.

      Jason - 2012-02-02 17:24

      Dude you are stoned. How can you try and make this some racist rubbish?? Face it, we may have some okayish players but we completely suck on the international arena. How do we turn this state around? Develop our players from younger, put it in schools, provide scholarships, support emerging young talent and they will ultimately become great. I suppose what Im trying to say is that it has nothing to do with the players but more to do with the structures in place for identifying talent and nurturing its growth.

      Sean - 2012-02-03 00:01

      @david.lebethe - If you want to bring in the so called race thing !! Soccer isn`t a ``black`` sport !!

  • Cameron - 2012-02-02 17:04

    how about getting a soccer team that doesnt SUCK first! personally I think your goals are in the wrong place, for a start our OWN soccer squad cant even find the goal post hahahahahaha thanks for the joke of the day

  • david.lebethe - 2012-02-02 17:43

    @Jason. You don't have to wear specs to see that most of comments made are racist. Commentators thereof are not even subtle about it. It is just plain racism. In case you don't know, I am a victim thereof and can detect it from far.

      Jason - 2012-02-02 18:24

      David if I can say two things to you its this: The problem of racism, belongs to the racists, they are there own worst punishment and either you CHOOSE to be a victim or you CHOOSE not to be. You are free and the choice is yours.

  • gordon.p.jacobs - 2012-02-02 18:15

    All these negative commentators are the joke. Haven't watched a Bafana game since the WC, as there's nothing to watch really. But I would rather have the administrators starting somewhere and planning for future glory and failing then just going along with the current mediocrity.

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-02-02 18:33

    I have a dream ... I have a dream! I hope it does not turn into a nightmare.

  • Zamakhathini Melusi - 2012-02-02 19:22

    Da best time 2 plant a tree was 20 years ago. 2nd best time is nw! Failure cn be turned 2 success. Lts unite n lts hv action !

  • Tusani Tembe - 2012-02-03 05:57

    you can't stop age cheating because even top officials / coaches encourage it. maybe after 100 years we will have better structure cause right now everyone is corrupted!!!

  • Tokollo - 2012-02-03 07:43

    SAFA should stop the talking and implement their so-called strategy, hopefully it will yield results. The time for short-cuts has passed. Know we need to focus on a long-term goal.

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