Pressing Issues: Safa takes fans for a ride

2011-06-11 15:34

This week’s launch of a partnership ­between the South African Football Association (Safa) and sportswear company ­Puma left much to be desired.

For starters, information had long been out there that the German company was the replacement for its competitor, Adidas, whose contract with Safa expired last year.

Stories of Safa staffers running around areas like Fordsburg with bundles of cash looking for Bafana Bafana jerseys every time the team was to play abound.

Some even hinted that the uniforms the national team used in one or more matches “looked like fong kongs”.
And so it was expected that an announcement to end this circus would be made with aplomb.

Not Safa!

Mind you, we are still waiting for the organisation to wrap up the breakfast contract with the SABC.

It has now emerged that the kit unveiled on Tuesday was a temporary uniform, the real makoya will only be unveiled in November.

However, this will not stop Safa and Puma from producing replica jerseys for the fans.

These, we are told, will retail at about R800 maphepha per jersey. So, once more gullible South African fans are being taken for a ride.

They are expected to cough up their hard-earned cash to buy “a temporary jersey”, which means they will have to part with more moola come November to buy the real stuff.

We are also told that Puma did not even bother to come up with a new design but just took English side Tottenham ­Hotspur’s jersey and plonked Bafana colours on it.

So much for mutual respect.

Bafana are the jewel in the Safa crown and deserve better treatment.

They cannot be taken as second class citizens to an English club.

And the goings-on in an administration that includes the likes of Jeff Monakgotla, who was reinstated by a court of law as director of competitions at Safa, as well as the non-ending case involving former Bafana team manager Sipho Nkumane, are a further sight for sore eyes.

Nkumane’s case, which prompted his suspension before the 2010 World Cup kick-off, was postponed to August 3 at the CCMA this week.

These and other administration developments at Safa House make a further case for our argument that the organisation must think carefully when – that is if this is going to happen – it appoints a CEO.

If Raymond Hack and Lesley Sedibe’s – the latter being a key witness in Nkumane’s case – performances are anything to go by, Safa should not touch a lawyer with a barge pole.

They must look for a properly trained and suitably qualified CEO whose nous on administration is not doubtful.

If they had done that before we wouldn’t be sitting with the unending Bafana Bafana name saga. Need I say more?

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