PSL and Safa make peace over ‘just one football’

2011-09-17 15:27

The historical tensions between the national soccer body Safa and its affiliate, the PSL, could be a thing of the past if last week’s annual general meetings were anything to go by.

Safa held a special general meeting in Kempton Park where constitutional amendments were the main item on the agenda, while the PSL had their board of governors meeting in Sandton.

Initially eyebrows were raised at how the two could hold crucial meetings on the same day. But, PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza led the PSL delegation to the Safa meeting where he is also vice-president, before attending the league’s one, and told City Press that he was happy with how the events had unfolded.

Khoza said Safa’s amendments that considered the league’s submissions were “highly commended by the members and brought a spirit of belonging.”

Safa vice-president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko credited new PSL chief executive Zola Majavu for bringing the two factions together. “There were areas of misunderstanding which were the result of pure interpretation,” he said.

“Through the joint liaison committee we have realigned the language used so we don’t interpret things differently.

“But credit should go to both Zola and Chief (Mwelo Nonkonyana) as they are able to thrash out legal issues because of their legal backgrounds.”

Mzibuko said the honour conferred on Safa president Kirsten Nematandani to meet and greet the players before the MTN8 is further proof that “there is not us and them, just one football”.

He confirmed that Safa would donate eight 52-seater luxury buses to eight Cosafa countries as a part of the World Cup legacy.

» Meanwhile, four of the five local football associations affiliated to the Safa Capricorn Region – Molemole, Lepelle-Nkumbi, Aganang and Blouberg – have called for the head of chairperson, Abel Rakoma, accusing him of neglecting the region.

Johannes Phefadu of Molemole said they were not happy about a number of issues and the way the region was being run.

He said the region’s annual general meeting was postponed three times and when it was eventually held last month, there were lots of police present.

Lucas Nhlapo, provincial representative of Safa, acknowledged there were problems and said he was in the process of meeting all the local associations to hear their grievances.

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