Calls for SAFA to start acting

2012-06-05 19:13

Johannesburg - The SA Football Association (SAFA) must account to the public for Bafana Bafana's dismal performances, the Azanian People's Organisation said on Tuesday.

"Football is a national asset, and therefore needs to be publicly scrutinised on who should be in leadership," spokesperson Thole Somdaka said in statement.

"If football, our main sporting code, is to truly belong to the nation, we must have some public accountability by SAFA, not only on finances, but on programmes and how such programmes assist this organisation in performing," he said.

AZAPO's statement follows the sacking of Pitso Mosimane as the national team's coach.

Somdaka also spoke about the Transnet School of Excellence, which was on the "brink of collapse". He said SAFA was doing nothing to remedy the situation.

He said leadership squabbles within SAFA were hampering development in South African soccer.

"The main cause of the all squabbles is not the development of football, but access to bonuses [and] car allowances. " "This excess is used for bribing, nepotism, and suppressing dissent within SAFA," he said.


  • Rob - 2012-06-05 19:48

    Looks to me like they have been acting all along!

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-05 21:59

      I love these clowns...

  • georgebrightons - 2012-06-05 19:53

    Well-said! No wonder why sponsors give Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs more money than the national team. Act now and the nation wants a world cup home. We are sick and tired about Cosafa cups!

  • magomarele - 2012-06-05 19:54

    agree with AZAPO, these SAFA thugs are making us SUFFER on regular basis. We need regime change. Chief Mwelo Nongonyana is a loud-mouth of note who talks and delivers nothing. He must go too.

  • Wessel Dippenaar - 2012-06-05 20:16

    Here we have a sport played and adored by millions of South Africans and perhaps billions around the world. The soccer leadership are on a pedestal to do great things and to uplift our country, communities and youth. So sad that such a great opportunity exists within SAFA and all its programs but the leadership have no knowledge or ability to execute it.

  • George - 2012-06-05 20:26

    Not sure if I agree with the timing of this statement. Where was AZAPO when SAFA messed up our world cup dream? Carlos Parreira pocketed millions for doing nothing and AZAPO was no where to be seen. Keep your lousy comments to yourself. Soccer and politics don't mix. Ask FiFA.

  • Jacques - 2012-06-05 20:28

    This fantastic game was never the same since1994. Matthew Booth sang the Nasional Anthem during the 2010 World Cup and was not given a chance once to play.\r\nWhat message did it send out to the world that South Africa is only black coming to soccer.\r\n\r\nI use to love the game but what I see now is power hungry wolves.\r\n\r\nI see very little development because the money is never enough. Allways meetings, eating, traveling and hotels.\r\n\r\nWe have the best staduims in Africa and the world. Our players are 2nd grade and battle to beat the smallest of nations. Why?\r\n\r\nBring back Clive Barker and some white blood who also loves the game.. Mind you I am a rugby guy but it hurts me when our Bafana Bafana looks and play like Banana Banana.\r\n\r\nWe all are South Adfricans and I pray to God that the racists black administrators will stop stealing the country dry and its resources.\r\n\r\nCommon people lets play the ball and stop playing the man and create a standard of excellance.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\ni

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-05 20:44

    With no clout in politics AZAPO is trying it's luck in sport!! AZAPO go and get stuffed you bunch of nincompoos!!

  • Jeremy - 2012-06-05 23:16

    SAFA needs an overhaul in terms of its development structures and its attitude towards people who can make a difference as opposed to being threatened by them. They are a reactive organisation as opposed to a proactive one. Its easy to blame people but I prefer being part of the solution rather than the problem. There are better development structures at some amateur clubs than professional clubs. A national database needs to be put in place, err at least a working one, that from the day a kid registers for the first time he is in the system, this would assist in the preventing of overage players playing in representative teams (a massive problem). Why you ask does it matter..? It matters because having a kid 3 or 4 years older getting the shout before a genuinely aged kid is not fair and he may be lost to the system whereas the older kid gets in initially but gets found out later cos he has peaked already and does not improve. Maybe SAFA do alot of good in some places but sadly this is the heartbeat of our Nation and we suck at it and they must fix it. There is actually a programme called Brazilian Soccer Schools that is in South Africa and is used by every club in the English Premier League and yet SAFA don't give them the time of day.. for my mind BSS is the best development programme that I've seen and it's measured, discipline is a huge factor and it's sustainable. Go on give it a try or is it hard work.....

  • Fhulufhelo Bobstar Takalani - 2012-06-05 23:28

    AZAPO must just sit down & have time for politics. Why do you comment now all of a sudden dont come with your nonsense maybe you are eyeing for the SAFA post. Plotting

  • Vincent - 2012-06-06 06:24

    Obviously these fools of non description haven't been following the news! SAFA has already started, you nincumpups! #i need a grandpa

  • Goodman - 2012-06-06 07:36

    Here we talk about football not about politics there for shut up azapo.

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