How Safa splashed on Cup

2010-10-10 16:23

The South African Football ­Association (Safa) bought almost 60?000 World Cup tickets.

City Press is in possession of a document that shows that Safa forked out about R41 million for more than 45 000 tickets for ­unsubscribed matches and a ­further R21?million on 2?196 ­hospitality packages.

A further R500 000 was used to buy an extra 8?596 tickets for ­premier matches, including ­Bafana Bafana games.

But after being blasted for spending millions freely during the World Cup, Safa chief ­executive Leslie Sedibe justified the skyrocketing 2010 bill that ­exceeded R60 million.

Sedibe said he did not regret spending these ­millions and ­regarded the ­expenditure as a wise decision.

Sedibe said Safa could not ­afford the embarrassing situation of games being played in empty stadiums.

“That is the situation we could not afford hence we went out of our way to buy those tickets and it was not wasteful expenditure.

The World Cup is the biggest event on Earth and some of our members could not afford those tickets. We had to do something about it,” said Sedibe.

“We have 52 regions and had to cater for all of them.”

Safa were hoping to get a share of the profit from the event but Fifa, together with Safa, have since agreed to open a trust ­account to look after ­development structures.

Breaking down the number of tickets bought in the hospitality packages category, Sedibe said most money was spent on ­entertaining Safa sponsors and VIPs from throughout the world.

Other beneficiaries included municipalities and national and ­provincial governments, said ­Sedibe.

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