Task team to heal Safa, PSL ties

2010-09-12 15:09

Tension between the South African Football Association (Safa) and the Premier Soccer League (PSL), which is a special member of Safa, has led to a task team being formed to look into ways of mending the broken ­relationship.

The team is chaired by Molefi Oliphant, who stepped down as Safa’s president before last year’s ­acrimonious elections on September 26.

Oliphant is now an honorary president of Safa.

Other members of the team are Professor Lesole Gadinabokao (also an honorary president), Goba Ndlovu, ­Veli Mahlangu and Leepile ­Taunyane.

The task team met on Wednesday and, according to a highly placed source, it agreed that “the differences were all about personality clashes and had nothing to do with the two organisations’ ­constitutions”.

After Wednesday’s meeting, strategic and transformation manager Dennis Mumble – who is based in Safa president Kirsten Nematandani’s office – was tasked with writing a document spelling out the findings and how the relationship should be conducted going forward.

Safa’s chief executive officer, Leslie Sedibe, told City Press that tension between Safa and the PSL stemmed from the past elections as well as the amendments made to the governing body’s constitution.

He said Mumble was busy ­finalising the document.

Sedibe wrote in an invitation sent out on August 30: “The Safa management committee expressed a sincere wish for you to attend this very important meeting in the hope that your experience and knowledge of the South African football environment will contribute to the development of a revitalised relationship between the association and the league.”

One of the documents dusted off and tabled at Wednesday’s meeting was a memorandum of agreement between Safa and the National Soccer League (NSL, the PSL’s predecessor) which was signed in September 1992.

Taunyane is a lifetime chairperson of the NSL, while ­Ndlovu was the president of the South African National Football Association (Sanfa) before unity in 1992.

Gadinabokao has also served as Safa president and former Witbank Black Aces boss ­Mahlangu has been a member of ­different Safa and NSL ­committees.

He was also part of a faction calling itself “The B Team” in the 1980s which was in opposition to the then very powerful clique known as “The A Team”.

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