Safa cracks the whip

2010-01-31 10:51

THE South African Football Association (Safa) is already showing

its true colours to its detractors – toe the line or face the wrath.

This follows their decision to haul certain members of the regions

to ­disciplinary hearing to face charges of misconduct for allegedly failing to

recognise the new football governing body.

In a show of who is running local soccer, the new Safa executive

flexed their muscles when they humiliated former Safa CEO Albert Mokoena ahead

of the staging of the Peter Mokaba Cup at the newly-built Peter Mokaba stadium

last week.

Mokoena was asked to write an affidavit swearing he now recognises

the Safa executive or risk his tournament being cancelled.

Now the regions arein an untenable situation as they are being told

to shape up or ship out.

They will appear before the DC next week on charges ranging from

misconduct to bringing the association into disrepute

Safa vice-president chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, who also serves as

chairman of the legal and constitutional committee, said as many as 15 members

would appear before the DC next weekend.

However, Nonkonyana said they have since discovered that some

individuals did not have mandates from their regions to challenge the outcome of

the elections.

“Through our provincial department, we have received complaints

from the regions that these people were pursuing their own interests and were

using the regions to further their agenda,” said Nonkonyana.

Nonkonyana said they had sought legal opinion on whether to

continue with Mokoena’s case or not after he declared his support for the

Kirsten Nematandani regime.

He said if found guilty, the members could be suspended, fined or

even faced expulsion from all football activities.

But Nonkonyana said they were prepared to let bygones be bygones if

the members changed their mind and supported them.

“We will be guided by their submissions. We don’t want to destroy

them and want to work together towards stabilising our administration and also

supporting our senior national team than fighting them.”

He said it was now encouraging that the Premier Soccer League had

made the first step towards recognising the new regime. Last week, the league

deployed three members to serve on the Safa executive.

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