Safa declares war on agents

2014-04-20 10:00

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund’s exoneration from any wrongdoing on Thursday has opened up a new war ­between the SA Football Association (Safa) and soccer agents.

The coach was declared innocent by a task team led by Advocate Norman Arendse as no players came out to testify at the hearing.

The only witnesses were team manager Barney Kujane, head of delegation Gerald Don, CEO Dennis Mumble, assistant coach Serame Letsoaka and Igesund himself. Apparently, none of them had first-hand information on the allegations.

The committee found “there was no basis to substantiate the allegations that he instigated players to demand bonuses during the African Nations Championship in January”.

Again, there was no basis that player agents had exerted undue influence over the ­selection of the players for matches.

Arendse said they did not have powers to subpoena anyone.

“We had no powers to subpoena ­anyone. This was not a court of law. It was not a court so we couldn’t grill ­people,” he said.

But one of the recommendations read by Arendse at the press conference to announce the outcome has set Safa up against soccer agents.

They saw red after hearing the recommendation that a national team coach ought not to have a player’s agent as his own.?They are also unhappy that agents will not be allowed in the team hotel while the national team is in camp.

“I will remain Gordon’s agent until he decides otherwise, whether they like it or not,” said Prosport International CEO Mike Makaab.

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