SAFA plan to lobby CAF

2011-12-07 11:30

Johannesburg - SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani hopes CAF will agree to align Africa's footballing calendar with Europe's.

SAFA plan to lobby Issa Hayatou and company through a high-profile delegation comprising Nematandani, Danny Jordaan, Irvin Khoza, Robin Peterson and Mandla Mazibuko.

"We feel it's important that we have this gathering because every decision on fixtures that CAF makes impacts on us, and in most cases it impacts negatively," said Nematandani.

"We are hoping this meeting will alleviate some of the challenges we have in terms of preparing our teams, both at national team and club level."


  • Cuthbert - 2011-12-07 11:53

    A complete waste of money and time. Is this going to improve our game? Why do the Europeans not align their calender with ours (African Calender)? SAFA has been known for aligning themselves to European opponents maybe we should compete in Euro2016 instead of trying to Europeanize African soccer.

      Barry - 2011-12-07 14:45

      Well said my friend, why do we have to align Africa with Europe when these are two separate continents with different conditions. I think SAFA should rather concentrate on youth development, corporate governance and their relationship with the PSL. Why should the rest of Africa listen to SAFA when neither any of our national teams failed to qualify even for a COSAFA event which they used to give little credence to. If they fail to misunderstand the CAF rules what makes them thing that they rightly interpret the EU rules. Africans should play and govern football in the continent as they deem fit, we are aware of the influence of internalisation in football but how much "internalisation" is there from the African side except by importing players and aligning ourselves to their calenders??

  • bfvillet - 2011-12-07 15:28

    many of our players play in europe and this impacts on us when it comes to internationals.And yes those leagues are better and players earn more and compete against the best which in turn is better for local football and africa

  • Grant - 2011-12-07 17:23

    Looking at the photo of Kirsten Nematandani I'de say he hasn't been on the football feild much for many years. Too much time spent at conferences and sitting in pavilions.

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