Safa to build R100m technical centre

2014-11-13 15:46

South Africa can look forward to a R100-million national technical centre that promises to do wonders for the country’s football development.

The technical centre will be partly funded by the 2010 World Cup Legacy Trust, South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan has said.

Jordaan did not disclose where the centre would be built, but confirmed that it would be in Gauteng.

“It must be an icon centre of the 2010 World Cup and it will be unveiled next year.”

Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke said the centre would aid significantly in the development of football in South Africa.

“We move to a new level with this trust,” Valcke said.

“We are pleased the way Safa and different non-governmental organisations have benefited from the trust. Their work on the development of football shows they have used the funds well.

“This was a very important decision made today.”

The 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust was established, with Safa, after the showpiece event South Africa hosted four years ago. The aim was to aid grassroots development in the country.

A total of R450 million had been invested in the trust since the 2010 event, of which R82 million had been disbursed so far for a variety of development projects.

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