Fifa scores good goal against Safa

2010-09-25 12:51

Fifa’s decision to form a trust fund where all its 2010 World Cup profits – estimated to be around R800 million – are going to be channelled, should serve as a wake-up call for South African football administrators.

Not only is this decision a slap in the face for the struggling South African Football Association, but proof that the world football governing body credits the local ­organising committee for the ­successful hosting of the World Cup rather than the organisation that runs the game in Mzansi.

While the move can be viewed as insulting to Safa, it could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to South African football.

The decision also shows that there is something Fifa has learned from dealing with their Safa counterparts, who were too quick to offer bonuses of R7 million each to Irvin Khoza, Molefi Oliphant and Danny Jordaan for “bringing the World Cup to South Africa”.

Can you imagine how much would have been shelled out to individuals “for hosting a successful World Cup” rather than the money going towards football development, which Fifa insists is where funds from this account will be channelled?

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