Meddling mess

2010-05-23 10:40

Jostling for positions within Bafana Bafana’s management as well as

the SA Football Association’s (Safa’s) administration meddling are threatening the team’s World Cup


City Press has established that individuals within a newly formed

structure which refers to itself as the “World Cup Task Team” are positioning

themselves to take over positions within the Bafana management team.

The “team” is said to consist of Xolani Mtumtum, Dennis Mumble and

Lindile Ace Kika.

Insiders say its purpose is not very clear but already Mumble, who

was the mastermind behind the Football Transformation Forum (FTF) making a clean

sweep at the Safa elections in September, has come in as a stand-in team manager

after the suspension of incumbent ­Sipho Nkumane.

Mtumtum has been installed as a permanent Bafana head of delegation

(HOD) up until the World Cup, while reports are that there are moves afoot to

edge out Gugu Marawa as ­assistant team manager and ­replace her with


So tense is the situation within the team management that Mtumtum

and Marawa – who worked together during the Brazil camp because Nkumane had been

barred from travelling by Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe – are not on speaking


This follows a scathing report the former is said to have written

about Marawa’s “unbecoming conduct” during the Brazil camp.

In turn, Marawa is said to have written some unsavoury words about

Mtumtum in her own report in which she accused him of confusing the lines of

­duty between a HOD and team manager.

Apparently Mtumtum’s Brazil report – which according to Mumble has

since been tabled to the Safa national executive committee – has a bearing on a

letter dated May 4 which Marawa received from Sedibe.

In the letter she is accused of not having a good working

relationship with some of her colleagues and of failure to fulfil some of Bafana

coach Carlos Parreira’s requests.

Marawa is further accused of having on several occasions treated

assistant coach Pitso Mosimane with disrespect in front of other


Much as the letter did not say anything about suspension or being

fired, it had the same tone as the one Nkumane received prior to the trip to


Yesterday Sedibe said he was not aware of a structure called the

“World Cup Task Team”.

He declined to answer questions touching on Nkumane and Marawa’s

situation, saying they were internal matters.

All he could disclose was that he was working on Nkumane’s

suspension and there would be a disciplinary hearing soon.

He said this would be chaired by an independent person to avoid a

conflict of interest and ensure fairness.

While Mumble – who works in the Safa president’s office as a

strategic planning and transformation manager – denied that there was such a

structure, he conceded that he had formed a “project management unit” and that

Mtumtum and Kika were part of it.

He said the unit would help with all the projects leading up to the

World Cup.

Asked about reports that Kika was going around saying he would be

Bafana’s assistant team manager for the World Cup, Mumble said: “Ace will

probably end up being an assistant team manager as there is a need for two

people there.”

About his role as acting team manager, he said: “I will continue in

this role until the CEO sorts out Nkumane’s issue.”


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