Safa must do lots of cleaning

2012-12-23 10:00

The Fifa report on match-fixing in Bafana Bafana’s run-up to the 2010 World Cup has been a further blow to the already-deplorable state of South African football, writes Timothy Molobi

Even if the leadership of the SA Football Association (Safa) comes out of the latest match-fixing scandal with its reputation relatively unscathed – unlikely as that seems – a lot still needs to be done to clean up the image of our football.

This has been one of the worst years for the game in South Africa.

Bafana once more failed the nation when it mattered most and the administrators did not do enough to instil public confidence in the game.

There have been too many acting leaders at Safa House.

The latest is Pinky Lehoko, the acting chief executive, holding fort for the suspended Dennis Mumble.

On the other hand, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has shown its mother body a clean pair of hands in how it manages the game.

The Irvin Khoza-led entity continues to soar after renewing its sponsorship deals with MTN and Telkom, on top of the broadcast deal they renewed with SuperSport last year.

The league scored big time again after securing radio broadcast rights.

The agreement is worth R210 million over five years, but in terms of the contract, no money will change hands since it’s a trade-exchange in which the SABC will, in return, provide airtime to the PSL.

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