Pressing Issues: The Safa election circus is in town

2013-09-22 10:00

Once every four years, the circus called the SA Football Association (Safa) comes to town for its elections.

Just like when the World Cup comes around, everybody suddenly becomes an expert.

This would be a laughing matter if it were not so absurd.

We have really serious issues that bedevil football – things that need urgent attention.

And for these clowns to turn this matter into a joke is depressing.

As if the divisions in football were not enough, you now have the SA Football Coaches Association waking up from its slumber and jumping on to the bandwagon.

It was to hold its elective conference yesterday with a view to voting as an associate member at the Safa election on September 28.

A line in a press statement issued by Safa this week said it all: “Established in 1992, the (SA Football Coaches Association) has been dormant but has gained momentum in recent months.”

As they say in politics, this organisation must just be dismissed with the contempt it deserves.

Oh, and by the way, one of the topics touched on at a recent meeting was the protection of coaches and employment stability.

How noble. One could say that just like Nero, they’ve been fiddling while Rome was burning.

If that wasn’t enough, the ANC Youth League, which has also been in such turmoil, issued a statement that it has picked its candidate from the two in the Safa presidential race, Danny Jordaan and Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko.

The league even called a press conference to announce this on Friday. At this gathering, they issued a statement that instructed Safa delegates on what to do at their congress.

“It is in the interests of the whole country for (Safa) to clean up its house and provide solid leadership in soccer.

“As they go to their elective congress, we call on them to give us a united leadership with a solid vision and with capacity to bring that vision to life.”

Besides pointing out the problems with development which have already been stated many times, the league even called for Safa to be gender sensitive: “We call on that elective congress to be sensitive to the national agenda of gender transformation.

“We raise this because, as it stands, the current national executive committee of Safa has only two females out of 40 members.”

The statement reads further that Magasela Mzobe (the league’s national coordinator) and Bandile Masuku (the league’s national spokesperson) should be called for interviews.

“It is about time we saw the integration of former soccer players, both male and female, in the leadership structures of the sport. Thus, we call on this coming elective congress to elect a fair number of women and former players to the (national executive committee),” the statement continues.

It’s interesting to note that they are not even a Safa structure and will not vote come Saturday.

On Thursday, it also emerged that the newly assembled SA Soccer Legends were divided and were taking each other to the dispute resolution chamber.

A number of Safa regions are still involved in disputes over the eligibility of delegates to attend the congress.

Move over Boswell Wilkie Circus, the Safa election circus is in town.

One can only hope that after the election, new leadership will emerge and move our stagnant football forward.

Everything that needs to be said has been said.

Just fix the damn thing and leave our children a legacy that will see them able to exercise their talents in a conducive and progressive environment.

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