Minister reads riot act to SAFA

2012-02-08 09:01

Johannesburg - Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on the South African Football Association to put its house in order amid allegations that Bafana Bafana friendlies ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup were fixed, reports the Sowetan.

Speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Mbalula said he was seeking an urgent meeting with SAFA to discuss this thorny issue.

Asked if the allegations by FIFA into match-fixing allegations will also be on the agenda, Mbalula said: "It's one of them but there are a variety of issues to be discussed.

"We will also look at the dismal performance of Bafana Bafana in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which saw them fail to go to the tournament for the second successive time after missing out in 2010 in Angola. We are making this call (to SAFA) amid cries of the nation in recent performances of our national teams, especially Bafana Bafana."

The minister said he will meet SAFA with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, whom he met on Tuesday to discuss 2012 London Olympics preparations.

"We will also not tolerate the infighting among the leadership of SAFA that at the end of the day compromises the performance of our teams and the moral fibre of our football, said Mbalula."


  • J.D. - 2012-02-08 09:14

    cricket sa , football sa, athletics sa politics sa. all the same, not working. do you wonder why?

      Penny-wise - 2012-02-08 09:40

      @ Frank - aren't they all?

      chiepner - 2012-02-08 10:29

      @Frank - man of words you say? Recent enquiry into CSA was put on the roll by non other than this Minister OF Words. I for one think that THIS PATICULAR sport minister has more balls and action in his left pinky than all those failing ministers that came before him.

      ditantane.kganakga - 2012-02-08 12:11

      honestly now, the Fikile is the most effective sport minister this country will ever have

  • lew.james1 - 2012-02-08 09:15

    Fiki my good fellow - afraid you are 5 years too late !!!!!!!!!!

      Tokollo - 2012-02-08 11:57

      Better late than never

  • Penny-wise - 2012-02-08 09:22

    It's about time. SA soccer is the worst of ALL our sporting codes. Was wondering when the ANC was going to step in and interfere like they do with rugby. Take over SA football, it's a shambles !!!

  • chiepner - 2012-02-08 10:35

    SAFA has been galoping on in this fasion for the past 10 years or so. There is no clear indication who or what is in charge of football in this country as one hears about CEO's elected yet unable to perform their duties because some other induvidual within the structures does not agree with him. If a orginisation is ran by the wishes of one or sertain INDUVIDUALS - well then it already says alot about why it is failing to even do its basic duties. Maybe SAFA needs an entire restructuring from top to bottom just like ASA recently went thru because the fossils upstairs are so hell bent on to clinging to power and money even if it means the sport has to suffer under their petty little needs. I say get rid of all of them, just like it was cleaned out at ASA and just how it needs to be cleaned out at CSA. Give the game back to the players and fans who WANTS to see it suceed for the good of the people and not for a handfull of greedy men and their friends and families.

  • Tabile - 2012-02-08 11:40

    SAFA has become an easy target for those who want to be seen to be doing something to earn a public approval. Every morning I watch kids from a Mamelodi high school training for the schools athletic program with no infrastructure, these kids have no showers, change rooms and they hang their uniforms on a rusty school fence. Maybe the minister should read a riot act to that situation!

  • Rodney - 2012-02-08 12:42

    unfor safa is run by paw-paw's we need a no noncence guy like jomo sono to be the prez of safa

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