South African Football Association (SAFA) reported a healthy profit of R23.1
million at their Annual Congress.
say congratulations to them for turning a R45 million loss from their last
financial year into this positive figure.
not to be left behind, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) announced that they had
extended their broadcast deal with SuperSport from 2019/20
for a further five years.
say kudos to them too.
This means more maphepha into their coffers much as the
figure has not been revealed but the last time the two parties extended in
2011, the agreement was said to be worth about R2.2 billion.
should ensure that the Absa Premiership remains the richest league on the continent. SAFA’s
good return also guarantees them that they will somehow be able to sustain
their ambitious Vision 2022 launched when the new leadership came into office
However, it is all fine and well for SAFA to
report a profit, but as a football governing body, Bafana Bafana’s poor
performances will always take the shine out of any positive things they do.
enough, they need the moola to oil
the wheels that make South African football, move forward but as the jewel in
their crown, their performance is always likely to be judged by Bafana Bafana’s
performance on the field.
with the Absa Premiership. As the football structure in charge of professional football in
this country, they should do their best to ensure that South African players
receive decent salaries.
should also make it a point that they run a more than financially viable
there are two sore points that must be haunting the powers that be at the
Parktown offices whenever they meet.
are: the standard of football on the pitch (where it matters the most) and bums on seats.
have been dwindling at an alarming rate in the past years.
some say the two - football quality on the field and bums on seats - are
will argue that the poor football we are witnessing on our fields accompanied
by the draws - most of them goalless - are a huge factor that affects
has become very common even for the biggest match in South Africa - the now
overrated Soweto Derby - end in a goalless draw.
goal drought points to the lack or poor development in our football.
aspect falls squarely on the shoulders of SAFA who, as the football governing
body in the country, is responsible for this aspect of the game.
many will argue that Bafana Bafana’s failure to find the back of the net with
the required regularity is a direct result of the Absa Premiership strikers misfiring.
makes sense as the bulk of Bafana Bafana players come from the domestic
professional league with a sprinkling of overseas-based fellows.
number of the latter has also been going down as our league no longer churns
pout players who secure international contracts in big numbers.
in a nutshell, SAFA and the Absa Premiership have done well on the financial side but their
major challenge remains these monies on their back.
sooner they sort the out, the better for our football.
S'Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning over 30 years. He is currently
City Press Sports Editor.
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