Safa snubs its former boss

2011-10-29 19:50

Former South African Football Association (Safa) vice-president Mubarak Muhamed has been removed from the committee that will probe Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Muhamed chairs the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) transformation, ethics and dispute committee that has been entrusted with this task by the national supreme body of sports.

Safa is one of Sascoc’s member federations.

Muhamed told City Press that he had been removed from the commission that was probing the circumstances of the team’s failure following Safa’s objection.

“I have learnt of Safa’s objecting to me, being an ex-Safa man, sitting as chairperson of this commission because I know too much. But this is not a very serious cause for concern because I am comfortable that Sascoc has many competent people on the board who can chair this commission,” said Muhamed.

He could not disclose what it was that he knew that made Safa so scared of him.

Muhamed was a member of the faction that backed Irvin Khoza who lost his bid for the Safa presidency at the watershed 2009 elections.

Sascoc president Gideon Sam confirmed Muhamed had been removed from the commission following a call from Safa president Kirsten Nematandani?who registered his organisation’s objection.

“It was a president-to-president call and we thus came to some agreement in our ethics committee that it was not going to be of any help for him to sit in the committee if Safa are already objecting,” said Sam.

“We want to get behind the issues rather than spending too much time contesting who should serve on the commission.”

He said he did not know the reasons for Safa’s objection to Muhamed’s involvement.

“All I know is that there was a ­­fall-out before their elections (in 2009) but that is just my speculation.”

Nematandani denied lodging an objection, saying he was not aware of a commission probing his association.

“If we have lodged an objection there should be an objection to that effect. Is there a committee probing Safa?” he asked.

“They (Sascoc) have not made us aware they have a committee probing us; we only read about it in the media. All they did was ask for information which we have supplied,” said Nematandani.

According to Sascoc, the commission will probe what happened at Mbombela leading to Bafana believing they had qualified while they had actually failed.

It will also verify if Safa actually knew the tournament’s qualifying rules and if so why they did not object before the tournament.

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