Safa bosses turn indaba into circus

2011-02-05 20:07

It’s a joke!

This is how a top Sunday newspaper journalist summed up the hastily–arranged South African Football Association (Safa) press conference yesterday.

The pressure that came after the first national executive committee (NEC) meeting of the year addressed by president Kirsten Nematandani and vice-president Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana turned out to be a damp squib.

Nematandani failed dismally to address the two pressing issues that saw his organisation draw scathing headlines this week.

He did not come clean on whether Leslie Sedibe was fired or resigned as CEO, and also gave no light as to what Safa was doing to prevent the shambles that surrounded the arrangement of Wednesday’s Bafana Bafana friendly match against Kenya.

Nematandani also refused to confirm to City Press the R940 000 performance bonus – which works out at R78 333 per month – reportedly paid to Sedibe, who joined Safa in January last year.

Sedibe is said to have received a whopping R1.3 million bonus from the SA 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee for work done on the event. The former CEO could not be reached for comment yesterday as both his cellphones were off and he had not responded to text messages sent to him by the time of going to press.

“I can’t comment on that as there is a confidentiality clause in our agreement,” was all Nematandani could say after telling the conference “we reached an amicable agreement to part ways”.

He said a report around the Bafana shambles was tabled at the meeting but was not discussed, but said the association would soon address the issue and look at ways to avoid a recurrence.

Another contentious issue that the meeting decided to sweep under the carpet despite it being on the agenda was a letter written by North-West NEC member Lefore “Buti” Lerefolo in which he is said to have raised a number of issues.

Nematandani said the house felt that the matter must be discussed between himself and Lerefolo as it did not belong to an NEC meeting.

The president said among decisions taken at yesterday’s meeting were:

»looking at the the possibility of changing the Bafana Bafana nickname

»appointment of a Danny Jordaan-led team to finalise the broadcast negotiations with the SABC

»buying land of about 100 hectares to build a high performance centre

»ratification of the panel of experts that will interview the 18 candidates short-listed for the job of CEO

»calling all stakeholders to a soccer indaba

»appointment of a team to organise Safa’s celebrations of their 23rd anniversary which falls on March 23.

Nematandani said Jordaan’s team is expected to meet with the SABC on Wednesday. The interviews for the position of CEO will start tomorrow and the panel is expected to come up with a short-list of three candidates within two days.

The three candidates will then be subjected to a psychometric test, and Nematandani said Safa hoped the chosen candidate would be able to start on April 1.

He said the feeling was that there were too many legalities around the Bafana name, hence Safa was pondering a name change. The process will be driven by himself, Jordaan and NEC member Alpha Mchunu.

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