Danny Jordaan: How Bafana and Safa can meet their goals

2014-05-28 08:45

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South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan shared his vision for the future of his organisation during Bafana Bafana’s Australasian Tour this week.


“It is a known fact that when we took over Safa last year, the organisation was in a bad financial situation. Our goal is to move it to a more than R700 million organisation in terms of assets with at least an annual revenue of R300 million.

“This year, the National Executive Committee hopes to report that we have broken even and then report a profit next year.

“We have already secured partnerships with Nike, the Motsepe Foundation, EY, Avis and Burger King. We are also on the verge of securing a ground-breaking deal for next year.”

Vision 2022:

“The past weekend was great for our football and right in line with our Vision 22 that emphasises the importance of development and our country participating in international events.

“Just this past weekend, we had Banyana Banyana [the women’s senior national soccer team] beating the Comoros 13-0 away from home.

They are through to the African Women’s Championships because Comoros have since withdrawn from the competition.

“The Under-20 men’s team is two matches away from qualifying for the African Under-20 Championships after eliminating Ethiopia. They now have to beat Cameroon over two legs to qualify.

“You all saw how Bafana Bafana played against Australia [on Monday]. They’ve shown their ability and I am sure they will leave here a different team than when they left home.” Bafana held Australia to a 1-1 draw.

Bafana’s way forward:

“One of the most difficult things for coaches has been to break from tried and tested players and move towards new players. Many coaches in the world have lost their jobs because of their failure to do this.

“South Africa has suffered the same problem for years. It is very important that we affirm our belief in young players.

“Our young players did very well in a midfield that was marshalled by the more matured Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

“They will go to New Zealand [for their friendly on Friday] more determined as they have shown us that they are the next generation.

“They have shown everyone in South Africa that no player is irreplaceable. No one ever thought that there will ever be a Brazilian national team that had no Kaka or Ronaldinho in it.”

National Executive Committee meeting:

“Our NEC meeting on Saturday will deal with a number of crucial issues. Some of them are the situation of the coach [Gordon Igesund], whose contract expires at the end of this month.

The disciplinary committee will also present its finding on the Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana matter and the NEC will have to make a decision based on their finding.”

Nonkonyana was suspended in October after making unsavoury comments that were not endorsed by the NEC. He said Igesund should be suspended if Bafana failed to win the African Nations Championship. Bafana were knocked out in the group stage.

“Another important matter will be the finalisation of the appointment of a technical director,” said Jordaan. “The technical committee will present its report and a decision will be made based on this.

“This is a very important position and we need somebody who understands the overview of our technical master plan. It must be somebody who will not only strengthen the theoretical part thereof but also ensure implementation.”

International friendly matches:

“People might not understand the importance of our match against Australia. As part of the global game, it is very important to play reciprocal matches as you all remember that Australia came to our country for a friendly match in Durban.

“We had invitations from other countries who had qualified for the World Cup, but we felt it was time we reciprocated. Australia was even prepared to come to South Africa again.

“It is also important for our players to be exposed to different conditions such as flying long hours before matches and playing in front of hostile crowds. You can never properly judge the strength of your players if they only play at home in front of their home supporters. That is how players’ character and strength is moulded.

“We have brought Spain and Brazil to play us at home and we will continue to bring countries that are in the top 10 in the world.

“So you can expect the likes of Argentina with Lionel Messi, whom I’m sure would love to play in South Africa, and Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Brazilian protests:

“These will always happen in countries that are hosting a World Cup. People always have a cause to fight for, whether it is better wages, the landless or housing. So when you are hosting the World Cup, people know that there will be the international media and many cameras to capture their protests and broadcast them to the world, so they will always seize the opportunity.

“So I can’t rule out protests happening ahead of future World Cups.”

»Mseleku is in Auckland, New Zealand, courtesy of Safa

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