Safa, Parreira thumbs-up to new Bafana camp

2010-03-12 07:19

THE newly appointed chief executive of the South African Football

Association (Safa) Leslie Sedibe has blasted his own organisation for the

embarrassment it has caused the country at the manner it handled Bafana Bafana’s

World Cup base camp.

But after announcing that the University of Witwatersrand’s

Sturrock Park would be the training camp, Sedibe said he was glad the misery,

nightmare and the embarrassment was over.

“We knew from May 15 2004 that we would be hosting this event but

waited until now to get a training camp and this is not acceptable at all.

“But it’s time to move on and stop blaming the previous regime for

what happened. I am happy that this matter is behind us and we can now move

forward,” said Sedibe.

Bafana were initially supposed to hold their training camp at

Esselen Park near Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, but later on decided against the

base after realising the venue needed major refurbishment.

Safa then opted for Sandown High School in Sandton but the chief

executive said they could not agree on costs with the school’s management.

“The school said we must think about some financial benefit for the

school as they needed to make a business decision and not a national interest

decision so we decided to look elsewhere.”

Sedibe added that national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was

also happy with the Wits facilities, adding that the Wits Sports Complex “would

need only minor upgrading to the drainage system, floodlights and small touch

ups here and there”.


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