Safa appoint new technical director
Johannesburg - The South African Football Association on Thursday named Brazilian Professor Marcos Falopa as their new technical director.
Falopa takes up his new duties on Friday and his contract runs
until 2006. His appointment was announced by Safa's chief
operations officer Albert Mokoena who said Safa pledged their full
support for Falopa.
"He comes highly recommended and we believe that we have signed on a man that will play a big role in helping develop the country's soccer talent at all levels."
Falopa said he was keen to get started but in no way would his
appointment conflict with the duties of Bafana Bafana head coach
Shakes Mashaba as Mokoena explained: "The new technical director
will be on hand to assist the national head coach in any way. But
Falopa will not have any say in team selections."
Falopa has an impressive CV. He has worked in Brazil, Japan the
Middle East and extensively in north, central and south America. He
was recommended by the president of the Confederation of north,
central and Caribbean Football Associations (Concacaf), Jack
Falopa was Concacaf technical director from 1995 until taking up
the same position with Safa.
"Falopa has a wealth of knowledge and this is a momentous moment for South African soccer," enthused Mokoena.
The new technical director is mandated to improve the sport at
all levels from grassroots up to Bafana: "I have been impressed by
South African soccer which I watched at the World Cup finals in
1998 and 2002. I like the style and passion of the players. I know
I can make a big contribution to the game in this country. But I
will be taking it step by step. I will not change much but will
learn to adapt and use my knowledge to try and improve the standard
of coaching and playing from junior soccer to national team level,"
Falopa is a qualified adviser and coaching instructor accredited
to the world controlling body Fifa. He holds a bachelor's degree in
sport and Physical Education and a Masters degree in football.
"I am impressed by the fact that South Africa has 52 players
playing abroad. That shows the potential this country has to become
a power in world football. But it will not just be at national
level where I will be working. I will assist with clubs both
professional and amateur. I will also be coaching the coaches and
assisting in raising the standard of the game by passing on the
latest coaching methods that I have learnt from Fifa," said roof
The new Safa director is expected to meet shortly with Mashaba
and his technical team to plan the way forward for South African