Johannesburg - The South African Football Association have made huge inroads to
eradicate age cheating from the domestic game after implementing a
comprehensive digital system.
According to football411.com website, SAFA CEO Robin Petersen reached an agreement with the German
Football Association to utilise their comprehensive football enterprise
software solution, which will come into play in the provincial and
regional leagues next year.
The new system will mean every one of the three million
registered players, officials, coaches and referees, as well as the
20 000 clubs throughout South Africa, will be registered in a
"This implementation will put an end to the scourge of age
cheating over time, as it will allow us to register and track players
from the earliest age, and will make it exceptionally difficult to
change identities or simply 'appear' on the scene at a late age,"
Petersen told The Sowetan.
"We have spent the past 18 months researching the best systems in
the world, and have decided that the DFB system is the most
comprehensive, most well built football management system out there.
"Fortunately, with our cooperation agreement with the DFB, we are
getting this software licence free. Our only costs will be those of
customising the system for local use, and a maintenance and support fee.
This will transform football administration."
Age cheating has run rife in SA over the past few years, with
Orlando Pirates the latest to suspend their academy in order to launch a
full investigation into cheating allegations, while Kaizer Chiefs
endured a similar incident in 2010.