R100m football academy enhances Safa’s 2022 vision

2014-11-13 17:36

The South African Football Association (Safa) will have its own centre of excellence soon.

Plans for the R100 million project were revealed today after a Fifa 2010 Legacy Trust board meeting.

An excited Safa president Danny Jordaan, who is also the chairperson of the trust, said the centre would be a hub of the country’s football development and will have technical training facilities, medical centre, gymnasium and education centre.

“England has St George’s National Football Centre and France got its own after their 1998 World Cup victory and we are going to benefit from the Legacy Fund.

“We have already reaped the rewards of the World Cup and we want to take it to new heights. Our junior national teams have done well by qualifying for continental finals and this iconic centre is a centre piece of our 2022 vision,” said Jordaan.

He said the provincial academies would still be relevant.

Jordaan said the centre would house all the national teams, administrators and match officials for their preparations. He said the facility would provide modern equipment which would take South African football to new greater heights.

The exact location and the name of the centre will be officially unveiled next year but it will be in Johannesburg, according to Jordaan.

Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke, who was part of the meeting, said he was impressed with what the country had done so far. He said he was happy that South Africans were benefiting from the trust.

“At Fifa, we are satisfied with the process and the results so far, but the most important thing is for it to continue. I am happy that we have delivered on our promise that the World Cup would establish sustainable long-term human and social development initiatives through football in the host country,” said Valcke.

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