Safa: let women do their bit

2009-10-10 12:43

THE election of Kirsten Nematandani and a new national executive committee to lead the South African Football Association (Safa) has been hailed as a breath of fresh air.

With the damage done to South African football by the previous regime, Nematandani and company have their work cut out for them.

The jewel in Safa’s crown, Bafana Bafana, once the pride of South Africa, has been downgraded to a level where it is no longer an attractive brand.

Ranked numero uno on the continent in 1996 after winning the African Cup of Nations and being in the Top 20 in the world and second in Africa in 2000 under the guidance of Trott Moloto, they are now ranked 73rd.

The Safa national executive committee must start with Bafana, then fix the Safa administration and build up its next-to-nonexistent development programme.

It must create a database of all players from development to professional levels. And it must ensure mass participation for our number one sport.

The move by the Moroka Swallows women supporters’ club to take up the cudgels and challenge the club’s management over poor results is a good example for all of us.

It is great that Nomsa Mahlangu is on the new Safa national executive committee, but it is high time more women stopped being just spectators and got ­involved at all levels – including management – to help build our soccer.


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